There will be a Critical (As the vulnerability allows remote code execution) Out of Band Security Patch for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 later today.

Executive Summary

Microsoft is investigating new, public reports of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. Our investigation has shown that the latest version of the browser, Internet Explorer 8, is not affected. The main impact of the vulnerability is remote code execution. This advisory contains information about which versions of Internet Explorer are vulnerable as well as workarounds and mitigations for this issue.

Our investigation so far has shown that Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 are not affected, and that Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, and Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 are vulnerable.

The vulnerability exists due to an invalid pointer reference being used within Internet Explorer. It is possible under certain conditions for the invalid pointer to be accessed after an object is deleted. In a specially-crafted attack, in attempting to access a freed object, Internet Explorer can be caused to allow remote code execution.

At this time, we are aware of targeted attacks attempting to use this vulnerability. We (Microsoft) will continue to monitor the threat environment and update this advisory if this situation changes. On completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs.

Microsoft Security Advisory (981374):
Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/981374.mspx

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2010:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-mar.mspx

Posted by markparris

Microsoft MVP - Enterprise mobility.

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