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Microsoft Internet Explorer XML Processing
Internet Explorer 5
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 7
Internet Explorer 8 (BETA)
A vulnerability exists within Internet Explorer that allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a victims machine if they visit a malicious website.
Exploit code for this has been publicly released in a public forum and exploitation has been seen in-the-wild.
Arbitrary code execution under the context of the logged in user
Internet Explorer remote code execution vulnerabilities have very high impacts since the source of the malicious payload can be any site on the Internet. An even more critical problem is generated when clients are administrators on their local hosts, which would run the malicious payload with Administrator credentials.
No mitigation strategies exist for Internet Explorer.
11.15.2008 - In-The-Wild Exploitation Witnessed By 3rd Party
12.09.2008 - Reliable Exploit Code Identified by eEye Research
12.11.2008 - Internet Explorer 6 Added To Vulnerable Applications
12.17.2008 - MS08-078 Out-of-Band Patch Released
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