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Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:48 pm    Post subject: Internet Explorer Zero-Day Exploited in Malware Attack  

Security researchers have uncovered a new Internet Explorer zero-day being used in malware attacks.

The situation was uncovered by Symantec after researchers observed a limited spam campaign seeking to trick users into clicking on a link. The spam had the subject line "re: hotel reservations," and posed as a message about a hotel room. Once inside the e-mail, users were greeted with a link leading to a page on a legitimate, but compromised, site.

“The link pointed to a page which contained a script looking to see what version of the browser and Operating System the visitor was using,” explained Vikram Thakur, threat researcher at Symantec Security Response. “Since the specific exploit page only worked when someone was using Internet Explorer 6 and 7, the script only transferred the visitor to the page hosting the exploit when this condition was met. In other cases the users didn't see anything but a blank website.”

“Visitors who were served the exploit page didn't realize it, but went on to download and run a piece of malware on their computer without any interaction at all,” Thakur blogged. “The vulnerability allowed for any remote program to be executed without the end user's notice.”

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