A vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP and Windows 7 has been observed to be exploited in the wild as part of a watering hole attack. Successful exploitation grants the attacker the ability to execute remote arbitrary code within the context of the current user.
Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP and Windows 7
Remote Code Execution
Remote Code Execution Exploitation of this vulnerability is possible by convincing users to open a malicious web page. Remote attackers who successfully exploit this vulnerability will be able to execute code on the vulnerable system with the same rights as the currently logged on user.
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- 19041 - Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (Zero-Day)
Apply the Microsoft Fix It solution. Alternatively, if possible, upgrade to Internet Explorer 9 or 10; those versions are unaffected by this vulnerability. If using Internet Explorer 8, block/disable Active Scripting in both Internet and Local intranet zones. Alternatively use another browser, such as Chrome.
- Original Disclosure
- Exploit Module
- Microsoft Blog Post
- Microsoft Advisory
- Microsoft Fix it
- Microsoft Patch