Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability [CVE-2019-0911]

CVE Number – CVE-2019-0911

A vulnerability in the scripting engine used in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system.

The vulnerability exists because the affected software performs improper memory operations. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by persuading a user to access a link or file that submits malicious input to the affected software. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. If the user has elevated or administrative privileges, the attacker could compromise the system completely.

Microsoft has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.

Analysis

  • To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker may use misleading language or instructions to persuade a user to access a link or file that submits malicious input to the affected software.

    Microsoft addressed this vulnerability by changing how the affected software handles objects in memory.

Safeguards

  • Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

    Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.

    Users are advised not to open email messages from suspicious or unrecognized sources. If users cannot verify that links or attachments included in email messages are safe, they are advised not to open them.

    Users are advised not to visit websites or follow links that have suspicious characteristics or cannot be verified as safe.

    Administrators may consider using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) scan tool to identify common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on system endpoints.

    Administrators are advised to use an unprivileged account when browsing the Internet.

    Administrators are advised to monitor critical systems.

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Jason Davies

UK based technology professional, with an interest in computer security and telecoms.

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