Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) allows instantiation of COM objects not designed for use in the browser, which may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or crash IE.
Microsoft COM is a technology that allows programmers to create reusable software components that can be incorporated into applications to extend their functionality. Microsoft COM includes COM+, Distributed COM (DCOM), and ActiveX Controls.
By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page, an HTML email message, or an email attachment), an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause IE (or the program using the WebBrowser control) to crash.
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Thanks to Microsoft for reporting this vulnerability.
This document was written by Will Dormann.
|Date First Published:||2005-08-09|
|Date Last Updated:||2006-08-09 22:06 UTC|