Microsoft Security Advisory 972890 Released

I wanted to let you know that we have just posted Microsoft Security Advisory 972890 that discusses new, limited attacks against a Microsoft Video ActiveX Control affecting Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.


Specifically, we’re aware of a code execution vulnerability within this control that can enable an attacker to run code as the logged-on user if they browse to a malicious site.


We have an investigation into this issue under way as part of our Software Security Incident Response Process (SSIRP) and are working to develop a security update to address the issue.


In the meantime, our investigation has shown that there are no by-design uses for this ActiveX Control within Internet Explorer.  Therefore, we’re recommending that all customers go ahead and implement the workaround outlined in the Security Advisory: setting all killbits associated with this particular control. While Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 customers are not affected by this vulnerability, we are recommending that they also set these killbits as a defense-in-depth measure. Once that killbit is set, any attempt by malicious websites to exploit the vulnerability would not succeed.


As we did with Microsoft Security Advisory 971778, we are providing a way to automatically implement the workaround. Once again, go to the KB article for the advisory and follow the instructions under “Fix It For Me”.


My colleagues have posted some more details in the Security Research and Defense blog as well.


We are also actively working with partners in the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) and the Microsoft Security Response Alliance (MSRA) program to provide information that they can use to provide broader protections to customers.


As always, we’ll provide more information as we have it through our advisory, the MSRC weblog or both.




 Christopher Budd

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