Vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services 3.0 Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Description: This security update resolves several vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services. The most severe vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user viewed a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights. This security update is rated Critical for Microsoft XML Core Services 3.0 and Important for Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0, Microsoft XML Core Services 5.0, and Microsoft XML Core Services 6.0. The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by modifying the way that Microsoft XML Core Services parses XML content, handles external document type definitions (DTD), and sets HTTP request fields.
Update type: Critical
Release date: November 13, 2008
Applies to: All
Knowledge base: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954459
Comments: Here are the specifics on the vulnerabilities covered by this update:
- MSXML Memory Corruption Vulnerability – CVE-2007-0099
- MSXML DTD Cross-Domain Scripting Vulnerability – CVE-2008-4029
- MSXML Header Request Vulnerability – CVE-2008-4033
For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB955069.