Hackers create exploit for Internet Explorer with leaked source code

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 17 2004 @ 17:31 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A hacker has already been able to find a new buffer overflow exploit for Internet Explorer 5 by investigating the leaked Windows 2000 source code last week.
The attack relies on a vulnerability in the way that IE 5 processes bitmap files. This could allow an attacker to inject hostile code into vulnerable systems, according to an advisory published by the Security Tracker vulnerability database.

This exploit is chiefly noteworthy because of how it was developed rather than its severity or other factors (IE 6.0 is reportedly not vulnerable to the exploit). IE exploits are hardly a rarity, despite Microsoft's best efforts to reduce their frequency through its much publicised Trustworthy Computing initiative.

White hat hackers yesterday created an exploit for the latest critical flaw in Microsoft Windows, just days after the vulnerability made headlines worldwide.

This flaw involves a vulnerability in Microsoft's Abstract Syntax Notation 1 (ASN.1) library which could be applied to seize control of vulnerable systems.
Source: The Register


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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