New actively exploited IE bug forces Microsoft to patch Windows 7 again

by Surur
February 21, 2020

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Both Windows 7 and Internet Explorer was meant to exit support last month, but it seems Microsoft just can’t stop patching its out-of-support operating systems.

An actively exploited Javascript engine bug has caused Microsoft to release a new patch for the old browser all the way to IE9.

The CVE-2020-0674 entry notes:

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

In a web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit the vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website. An attacker could also embed an ActiveX control marked “safe for initialization” in an application or Microsoft Office document that hosts the IE rendering engine. The attacker could also take advantage of compromised websites and websites that accept or host user-provided content or advertisements. These websites could contain specially crafted content that could exploit the vulnerability.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by modifying how the scripting engine handles objects in memory

The exploit could be triggered via any application that can host HTML such as a document or PDF, and it has a Critical rating on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and is currently being actively exploited in the wild. Microsoft is releasing a patch for all these operating systems, and also Windows Server 2008, 2012 and 2019.

Read more and find download links at Microsoft here.

Via SCMagazine

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