Microsoft Internet Explorer Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2019-1367) Threat Alert

Microsoft Internet Explorer Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2019-1367) Threat Alert

October 15, 2019 | Mina Hao

1 Vulnerability Description

On September 23, local time, Microsoft released cumulative security updates for the Internet Explorer (IE), fixing a remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2019-1367) in IE. This vulnerability exists in the way the IE’s script engine handles objects in memory. By tricking a user into accessing a crafted website through IE, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code to finally gain control access to the system.

Currently, Microsoft has released security patches. Users are advised to download the patches from the following links and apply them as soon as possible:

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2019-1367

https://support.microsoft.com/zh-cn/help/4522007/cumulative-security-update-for-internet-explorer

 

2 Scope of Impact

Affected Versions

  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer11

 

3 Mitigation

3.1 Official Patches

Microsoft has not released updates through Windows Update or Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), but has released an independent security update to fix this vulnerability. Affected users are advised to download these updates as soon as possible.

IE Version Operating System Download Link
Internet Explorer 9 Windows Server 2008 x86 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/ie9-windows6.0-kb4522007-x86_6ea5af2ab7a85143213d35a469772dddf6597f30.msu
Internet Explorer 9 Windows Server 2008 x64 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/ie9-windows6.0-kb4522007-x64_2dc213cfbb9299d3fdf889d47cb6e3c5239a7bb3.msu
Internet Explorer 10 Windows Embedded 8 Standard x86 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/windows8-rt-kb4522007-x86_f3e2d48fb666fb51706e43f38b5843d4782985f2.msu
Internet Explorer 10 Windows Embedded 8 Standard x64 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/windows8-rt-kb4522007-x64_317bdd8a49ca73dd2a453a942bd9ad50bdb562c0.msu
Internet Explorer 10 Windows Server 2012 x64 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/windows8-rt-kb4522007-x64_317bdd8a49ca73dd2a453a942bd9ad50bdb562c0.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows Embedded Standard 7 x86 http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/ie11-windows6.1-kb4522007-x86_3965a87d7f1b35a1f63b4674f207d981eeb8c178.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows Embedded Standard 7 x64 http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/ie11-windows6.1-kb4522007-x64_052e2af5292fce7302e2bf5bc61361859fc5de99.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows 7 x86 http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/ie11-windows6.1-kb4522007-x86_3965a87d7f1b35a1f63b4674f207d981eeb8c178.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows 7 x64 http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/ie11-windows6.1-kb4522007-x64_052e2af5292fce7302e2bf5bc61361859fc5de99.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows Embedded 8 Standard x86 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/ie11-windows6.2-kb4522007-x86_8597fa798c2d53bac840403550de8ad1bf3ac97f.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows Embedded 8 Standard x64 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/ie11-windows6.2-kb4522007-x64_7d9dc3f450940f2f6a17dab5826a8c9be9c44eac.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows 8.1 x86 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/windows8.1-kb4522007-x86_af6e89eefbc44e7f0c2edb7e4653a4a2aae283e5.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows 8.1 x64 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/windows8.1-kb4522007-x64_917ea544f0fd5ede94f2088223d6f8638341a6f9.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/ie11-windows6.1-kb4522007-x64_052e2af5292fce7302e2bf5bc61361859fc5de99.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2012 x64 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/ie11-windows6.2-kb4522007-x64_7d9dc3f450940f2f6a17dab5826a8c9be9c44eac.msu
Internet Explorer 11 Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/09/windows8.1-kb4522007-x64_917ea544f0fd5ede94f2088223d6f8638341a6f9.msu

3.2 Workarounds

If users cannot install patches for the time being, they can adopt the following temporary measures to protect against this vulnerability:

For a 32-bit Windows system, open a command prompt window with administrative privileges and run the following commands:

takeown /f %windir%\system32\jscript.dll

cacls%windir%\system32\jscript.dll /E /P everyone:N

For a 64-bit Windows system, open a command prompt window with administrative privileges and run the following commands:

takeown /f%windir%\syswow64\jscript.dll

cacls%windir%\syswow64\jscript.dll /E /P everyone:N/font>

takeown /f%windir%\system32\jscript.dll/font>

Note: Due to the preceding workarounds, some system functions may be restricted. If a system exception occurs or security patches are already installed, the user should undo the applied workaround in either of the following ways:

For a 32-bit Windows system, open a command prompt window with administrative privileges and run the following commands:

cacls %windir%\system32\jscript.dll /E /R everyone/font>

For a 64-bit Windows system, open a command prompt window with administrative privileges and run the following commands:

cacls %windir%\system32\jscript.dll /E /R everyone/font>

cacls %windir%\syswow64\jscript.dll /E /R everyone/font>

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