[ISN] New IE Bugs Open Up XP SP2 To Attack

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Thu Oct 21 04:11:48 EDT 2004


By TechWeb.com 
Oct. 20, 2004

Two new vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 6.0 were unveiled by a
security firm Wednesday that hackers could exploit to bypass security
features even in Microsoft's most secure OS, Windows XP SP2.

According to Danish security company Secunia, the "highly critical"  
vulnerabilities stem from a flaw in IE's drag-and-drop feature and in
the browser's security zone. Hackers could exploit these bugs by
enticing users to malicious Web sites, where specially crafted
files--including image and help files--could compromise the PC,
leaving it open to attack or hijack.

Both bugs can be exploited to circumvent Windows XP SP2's Local
Computer zone lockdown security feature, said Secunia.

"This has been confirmed on a fully patched system with Internet
Explorer 6.0 and Microsoft Windows XP SP2," wrote Secunia in its
online alert.

As is its usual practice when it touts critical problems in IE,
Secunia recommended that users either disable Active Scripting in the
browser, or switch to an alternate, such as Mozilla's Firefox.

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