Microsoft warns of new server vulnerability

Software maker says an unpatched flaw in its Web-serving software could offer a hole for malicious code to attack systems.

A new, unpatched vulnerability exists in one of Microsoft's server products, the company warned late Monday.

In a technical bulletin, the company said it is looking into "public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)."

The company said that a flaw exists in a certain type of Web serving operation.

"An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in the way that the WebDAV extension for IIS handles HTTP requests," Microsoft said. "An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by creating a specially crafted anonymous HTTP request to gain access to a location that typically requires authentication."

Microsoft said it is not aware of attacks using the vulnerability. The company said it may provide an update as part of its monthly Patch Tuesday or, depending on the severity, could provide a fix outside of its monthly patching schedule.

In the meantime, the company listed on its Web site certain configuration settings that can help mitigate the impact of the flaw.

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