Microsoft IE Zero day CVE-2018-8653

Microsoft released an Out of Band security update today to cover a new zero day (CVE-2018-8653) in Internet Explorer’s scripting engine.

Microsoft describes this vulnerability, as a remote code execution vulnerability in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user.

If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. In a web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit the vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website, for example, by sending an email.

SonicWall Capture Labs provides protection against this threat via the following signature:

IPS 13959 : Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability (DEC 18) 5

ASPY 5345:  Malformed-File html.MP.79