[Owasp-Malaysia] Microsoft patches 10 critical IE bugs

Mohd Fazli Azran Abd Malek mfazliazran at gmail.com
Wed Mar 31 11:13:37 EDT 2010

Microsoft today shipped 2010's second rush update for Internet Explorer
(IE), patching 10 vulnerabilities -- including one hackers have been
exploiting for weeks.

That bug had been reported to Microsoft by a Beijing security company before
news broke that it was being used by attackers. In fact, Microsoft wrapped
up work on the fix for IE6 by Feb. 26, according to date stamps on the
affected file. The update, tagged
was released two weeks early because Microsoft had tracked a growing
number of attacks against IE6 and IE7. The bug has been used by malicious
sites to launch drive-by attacks for much of the month.

The last emergency IE update
issued January 21 to fix eight flaws, including one that had been
exploited to attack Google , Adobe and scores of other companies. Google
blamed China for the attacks, a move that led to its decision to relocate
its Chinese-language search engine to Hong Kong. All 10
in today's update -- which was originally slated for release April 13, the
next regularly-scheduled Patch Tuesday -- were rated "critical," the highest
level threat in Microsoft's four-step scoring system. But there were clear
differences in the risk profiles of different versions of IE.

IE6, the 2001 browser that many want to see dead and buried, was affected by
eight of the 10 bugs, with seven of those eight marked critical. IE7, which
debuted in 2006 prior to the release of Windows Vista, contained seven out
of the possible 10, with five vulnerabilities tagged critical. IE8, on the
other hand, was touched by just three of the 10, with only two critical."The
message today should be to get onto IE8," said Andrew Storms, director of
security operations at nCircle Network Security. "Not just ditch IE6, but
dump IE6 and IE7."

For the most part, Storms saw the 10 vulnerabilities as "pretty typical IE
bugs. Except for [CVE-2010-0806], none of them are particularly troublesome,
or no more than we've come to expect." CVE-2010-0806 is the Common
Vulnerabilities & Exposure ID for the vulnerability that prompted the rush,
or "out-of-band," update.And that vulnerability received most of the
attention today from Storms and other researchers, including HD Moore, the
creator of the Metasploit framework and chief security officer at security
company Rapid7, which manages the open-source Metasploit project.

According to Moore, Microsoft's out-of-band hand was forced when a Taiwanese
researcher nicknamed "Nanika" revamped public exploit code so that it worked
reliably against not only IE6, but also the newer IE7. "Before, Microsoft
said, 'Not that big a deal,' but then the facts changed and they say,
'Sorry, this does affect IE7 reliably.' They changed their mind."

When Microsoft first warned customers of the memory corruption flaw in the
"iepeers.dll" file, it said that attacks were aimed only at IE6 users, and
that Protected Mode in IE7 would help protect users of that version.
Protected Mode is a pseudo-sandbox that tries to keep attack code from
escaping the browser to modify, add or delete data elsewhere on the
PC.Microsoft said nothing of that protection today, and rated the
vulnerability as critical for both IE6 and IE7.

The bug had been reported to Microsoft by ADLab of VenusTech, a Chinese
security firm based in Beijing, probably in January or early February, said
nCircle's Storms. According to the date stamps on the iepeers.dll files for
the various browsers, Microsoft had completed the fix -- and passed it on to
internal testing -- no later than Feb. 26 for IE6 and March 12 for IE7.

As Microsoft said both today and earlier, the iepeers.dll vulnerability does
not affect IE8. "I'm not surprised that Microsoft released the update," said
Moore. "Working exploit code has consistently accelerated Microsoft's update
process." As late as yesterday, other researchers had expressed surprise
that Microsoft was able to craft a fix so quickly. "They focus on IE bugs
more than anything else, because they are so high profile," said Moore.

"And Microsoft can actually fix things pretty quickly, within a week or two
or three," he continued. "They generally address [bugs] quickly, but then
hold off until its widely exploited. Otherwise, they wait until the next
release." MS10-018 can be downloaded and installed via the Microsoft Update
and Windows Update services, as well as through Windows Server Update


Mohd Fazli Azran
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