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NEWS - September 15, 2006

by Marianna Schmudlach / September 15, 2006 10:28 AM PDT

Attack code targets new IE holeBy Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: September 14, 2006, 5:10 PM PT

Computer code that could be used to hijack Windows PCs via a yet-to-be-patched Internet Explorer flaw has been posted on the Net, experts have warned.

The code was published on public Web sites, where it is accessible to miscreants who might use it to craft attacks on vulnerable Windows computers. Microsoft is investigating the issue, the company representative said in a statement Thursday.

"Microsoft's initial investigation reveals that this exploit code could allow an attacker to execute memory corruption," the representative said. As a workaround to protect against potential attacks, Microsoft suggests Windows users disable ActiveX and active scripting controls.

More: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6115966.html?tag=nl.e589

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Spam fighter hit with $11.7 million judgment
by Marianna Schmudlach / September 15, 2006 10:35 AM PDT

By Joris Evers, CNET News.com

The nonprofit group behind a popular blacklist used to block spam has been hit with a multimillion-dollar judgment, but the order may not be enforceable.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered Wednesday that Spamhaus must pay $11,715,000 in damages to e360insight and its chief, David Linhardt, who sued the U.K.-based organization earlier this year over blacklisting.

The court also barred Spamhaus from causing any e-mail sent by e360insight or Linhardt to be "blocked, delayed, altered, or interrupted in anyway" and ordered Spamhaus to publish an apology stating that Linhardt and his company are not spammers, according to a copy of the order.

More: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6116009.html?tag=nl.e589

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Killbit apps for current IE exploit (NEW)
by Marianna Schmudlach / September 15, 2006 10:40 AM PDT

Published: 2006-09-15,
Last Updated: 2006-09-15 20:36:30 UTC by Tom Liston (Version: 1)

To make life a little easier, I put together two small apps to set and unset the appropriate "kill bit" to block the actions of the current IE exploit. They can be found here:

http://isc.sans.org/

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MSIE DirectAnimation ActiveX 0-day update (NEW)
by Marianna Schmudlach / September 15, 2006 10:42 AM PDT

Published: 2006-09-15,
Last Updated: 2006-09-15 22:44:18 UTC by Swa Frantzen

Microsoft released a security advisory regarding the 0-day we reported on earlier.

Timeline:

Aug 28th: 1st exploit released publicly
Aug 29th: CVE-2006-4446 assigned

Sept 13th: 2nd exploit released publicly

Sept 13th: CVE-2006-4777 assigned
Sept 14th: Microsoft Security Advisory (925444) released
Workarounds:

Use an alternate browser (see also diversity)
Disable ActiveX scripting in MSIE
Modify the ACL on daxctle.ocx to remove rights to use it

Set the KillBit for "{D7A7D7C3-D47F-11D0-89D3-00A0C90833E6}"
Make MSIE prompt before executing ActiveX

More: http://isc.sans.org/

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