Another IE zero day exploited

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Jul 7, 2009

Second DirectShow vulnerability in six weeks labelled 'extremely critical'.

Microsoft has issued an advisory on a serious vulnerability in an ActiveX control in its Internet Explorer browser, the second zero-day alert in the same area of the product in recent months. The issue has been flagged as 'extremely critical' by vulnerability watchers at Secunia, and several reports of active exploitation in the wild have been seen, including some high-profile sites in China.

The flaw affects the DirectShow video streaming subsystem, hit by a similarly high-profile zero-day flaw in late May. This time the MSVidCtl.dll library is affected, and maliciously crafted files passed into affected systems can be used to remotely hijack vulnerable machines via silent drive-by download infections. The flaw is believed not to affect users of Microsoft's latest operating system versions, Vista and Server 2008.

The official advisory from Microsoft is here, with alerts and workarounds from Secunia here and SANS ISC here. More info is blogged by Trend Micro here and ScanSafe here, with a McAfee blog piece providing details of a range of similar attacks and an attractive diagram of the attack vector, here. A similar diagram can be found in a post from the MMPC on the previous DirectShow issue, here.

Posted on 07 July 2009 by Virus Bulletin

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