Microsoft reported today that a previously unknown vulnerability in Excel is being actively exploited. According to the release the issue affects older versions of Excel, including Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Service Pack 2, Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003, Microsoft Office Excel 2002, Microsoft Office Excel 2000, and Microsoft Excel 2004 for OS X. The exploit requires the victim to open a malicious Excel file in order for the exploit to execute.
There is currently no fix for this issue, other than being very careful about which Excel files are opened. Microsoft said that they are working on a fix that may come out before the next patch cycle.
Microsoft’s advisory is at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/947563.mspx
The hits just keep coming! Apple has released another version of Quicktime this time around multiple vulnerabilities that may allow arbitrary code execution have been addressed. These include:
An unspecified handling error in the processing of Sorenson 3 video files.
An error in the processing of embedded Macintosh Resource records within QuickTime movies.
Parsing errors of malformed Image Descriptor (IDSC) atoms.
A boundary error in the processing of compressed PICT images.
We recommend that everyone upgrade to QuickTime 7.4
See Apple’s full advisory at:
As apart of their ongoing security program, Oracle has released their latest round of critical patches. Most versions of Oracle from 9i through 12 are affected in some manner and the vulnerabilities are unspecified. For full details visit their original advisory at:http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/security/critical-patch-updates/cpujan2008.html
We’re seeing reports of a new round of storm virus emails. This time they’re using valentine’s day to lure users to a site to download and run the malware. Otherwise it is essentially the same attack as before. We advise that you ensure all your email and virus defenses are running with the latest updates and that your users are reminded to ignore emails from unknown entities. They should also never download attachments from emails or web sites that are not explicitly trusted. There are plenty of potentially intriguing subjects that could be used to dup unsuspecting users. Things like winning Super Bowl tickets, checking out the latest American Idol videos, or even the latest news on the presidential campaign.
Apple released an update to Quicktime yesterday, and attackers wasted no time coming up with a new exploit for it. Already in the public is a proof of concept exploit for Quicktime 188.8.131.52. It seems that Apple still hasn’t fixed the root cause of the RTSP vulnerability.
In other news, a survey over the past year on Oracle admins found that only 1 in 3 Oracle database admins bother to patch their databases. 68% of the admins admitted to never applying any patches at all. If that is true, it’s rather frightening.
Apple has released QuickTime 7.3.1 to address several vulnerabilities. These include the buffer overflow in RTSP, a heap buffer overflow found in QuickTime’s handling of QTL files and vulnerabilities which exist in QuickTime’s Flash media handler. Updates are available for: Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later, Windows Vista, and XP SP2. The relevant CVEs are CVE-2007-6166, CVE-2007-4706 and CVE-2007-4707 respectively.
This device presents a telnet prompt on the standard port (23/tcp). This instance of telnet allows local users to login without authenticating. This gives the user access to the file system where they are able to manipulate files or grab the administrator password for the web interface. A fix is in development.
Sun released two advisories today. The first details Coss-Site Scripting vulnerabilites in Sun Java System Identity Manager. They consist of input validation errors in the parameters “cntry” and “lang” of /idm/login.jsp, the “resultsForm” parameter of /idm/account/findForSelect.jsp and the “helpUrl” parameter of /idm/help/index.jsp. The original advisory can be found at:http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-26-103180-1
The second involves
There’s a vulnerability in Oracle Siebel SimBuilder that could allow for remote system compromise. This vulnerability is related to a vulnerability in NCTAudioFile2.dll. The vulnerability affects version version 7.8.5 build 2635. Other version have not been tested so they may be vulnerable as well. Users should disable the affected ActiveX control. If you are affected by this and would like more information please feel free to contact us.
Tivoli Storage Manager Express is vulnerable to a heap based buffer overflow. This can be exploited by a malicious user on the network to cause code execution under the SYSTEM user. Versions of the software prior to 184.108.40.206 are affected. Administrators of this software should apply the updates available at ftp://service.boulder.ibm.com/storage/tivoli-storage-management/patches/express/NT/220.127.116.11/
Also, Oracle will be releasing critical patch updates Tuesday, January 15th. Several critical vulnerabilities in database software and application servers are expected to be announced. We will provide more details as they are made available.
There’s a vulnerability in IBM Lotus Domino, which could result in a Denial of Service. There aren’t any details regarding the specifics of the vulnerability at this time. The vulnerability is reported in versions below 7.0.2 Fix Pack 3. Administrators should look in to updating to 7.0.2 Fix Pack 3. More information can be obtained from the original advisory http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27011539
McAfee E-Business Server is also vulnerable to a local Denial of Service. An error in the handling of authentication packets can be exploited to DoS the service or potentially execute arbitrary code. Version 8.5.2 and earlier are vulnerable. Version 8.5.3 is available.
An exploit has been released for the Quicktime RTSP vulnerability previously discusses. There is currently no fix available at this time. Users should be aware and alert to what they are watching/listening to and from who.