Security Firm Finds 9 IE Flaws
- By Scott Bekker
An Israeli security firm, GreyMagic Software, documented nine new vulnerabilities in recent versions of Internet Explorer, eight of which the firm calls "critical."
The firm publicly released information on the vulnerabilities at the same time as it notified Microsoft, an approach the software giant has complained vigorously about in the past. Microsoft is evaluating the laundry list of flaws to determine if it needs to release a patch.
The vulnerabilities affect Internet Explorer 5.5 and Internet Explorer 6. Two of the vulnerabilities can be exploited even when a user had installed the first service pack for Internet Explorer 6.0.
All the exploits involve object caching, which takes place when the attacker opens a window to a page on his own page but changes the URL to the victim's page. GreyMagic recommends turning off Active Scripting until a patch becomes available.
More detail on the vulnerabilities is available here.
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.