Attack code released following IE security update

June 21, 2012

A new Internet Explorer security update, released by Microsoft on June 12, is already being exploited by cyber criminals.

Malware tracking blog Contagio posted a download of the exploit source code and a video of the exploit in action on computer security tool Metasploit on June 15.

Technology website AllThingsD is reporting that this exploit could potentially allow cybercriminals to perform mass malware attacks.

“The vulnerability (CVE-2012-1875) is a remote code execution flaw in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object that has been deleted,” wrote online security expert Ryan Naraine on June 18.

“The vulnerability may corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user.”

When Microsoft released the initial security update, it warned users that exploit codes could be available within 30 days.

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