Matthew Murphy has just disclosed a vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
He will send his advisory later today, but as he is unable to right now,
he asked me to email this for him.
[I didn't want to email the advisory itself as ALL CREDIT BELONGS TO HIM
and I didn't want to take the credit away from him in any way. This is
100% his work and his disclosure]
Microsoft decided to patch this only next year with SP3. As by now 6
mounths passed since Microsoft was contacted, Matthew alerted them ahead
of time he will make a public release on the 13th (today).
There have been several attempts to help Matthew and talk to Microsoft
(including by me, as well as several others) and convince them this is
indeed =93bullet-in worthy=94 to avoid this public release.
This is not a critical vulnerability, as it requires user interaction.
However, it is serious and shouldn=92t be down-played.
Here are some interesting ways to exploit this using social engineering:
Scroll-bar, =93smack the monkey=94, moving naked girl (move mouse to make
me...), web game, shopping list/wish list, =93calibrate your mouse=94, etc.
The advisory (and suggested work-around) can be found here:
In my opinion, this comes to prove 0days are USUALLY a "myth" (WMF being
a good example of a real 0day), as this particular vulnerability has
been known to me and some others for some time now awaiting public release.
Does anyone still think bad guys don't exploit (to whatever goals) a
0day if it is out there?