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From:MICROSOFT <secure_(at)_microsoft.com>
Date:10.04.2003
Subject:Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-011:Flaw in Microsoft VM Could Enable System Compromise (816093)

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Title:      Flaw in Microsoft VM Could Enable System Compromise
           (816093)
Date:       09 April 2003
Software:   Microsoft VM
Impact:     Allow attacker to execute code of his or her choice
Max Risk:   Critical
Bulletin:   MS03-011

Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletins
at:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-011.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/security/security_bulletins/ms03-011.asp
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Issue:
======
The Microsoft VM is a virtual machine for the Win32(r) operating
environment. The Microsoft VM is shipped in most versions of
Windows, as well as in most versions of Internet Explorer.

The present Microsoft VM, which includes all previously released
fixes to the VM, has been updated to include a fix for the newly
reported security vulnerability. This new security vulnerability
affects the ByteCode Verifier component of the Microsoft VM, and
results because the ByteCode verifier does not correctly check for
the presence of certain malicious code when a Java applet is being
loaded. The attack vector for this new security issue would likely
involve an attacker creating a malicious Java applet and inserting
it into a web page that when opened, would exploit the
vulnerability. An attacker could then host this malicious web page
on a web site, or could send it to a user in e-mail.


Mitigating Factors:
====================

- - In order to exploit this vulnerability via the web-based attack
vector, the attacker would need to entice a user into visiting a
web site that the attacker controlled. The vulnerability themselves
provide no way to force a user to a web site.

- - Java applets are disabled within the Restricted Sites Zone. As a
result, any mail client that opened HTML mail within the Restricted
Sites Zone, such as Outlook 2002, Outlook Express 6, or Outlook 98
or 2000 when used in conjunction with the Outlook Email Security
Update, would not be at risk from the mail-based attack vector.

- - The vulnerability would gain only the privileges of the user, so
customers who operate with less than administrative privileges
would be at less risk from the vulnerability.

- - Corporate IT administrators could limit the risk posed to their
users by using application filters at the firewall to inspect and
block mobile code.


Risk Rating:
============
Critical

Patch Availability:
===================
A patch is available to fix this vulnerability. Please read the
Security Bulletins at

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms03-011.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/security/security_bulletins/ms03-11.asp

for information on obtaining this patch.

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