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New IE Security Hole - And It's a Big One!

Tuesday August 24th, 1999

Yet another hole has been found in Internet Explorer's ActiveX implementation. This one allows arbitrary code to be written to the user's hard-drive. The bug was found by Georgi Guninski, who has found many security bugs in IE and Communicator. To read more about it, click here to visit Georgi's page. If you click "Test it" beside the name of this bug ("Executing programs with IE 5.0") while using IE, the page you visit will write a small bit of sample code to your StartUp menu. You've been warned. Georgi calls this bug "the most significant of my discoveries and the most dangerous also".

Thanks to Zaw for the news.


#1 Combine with Back Orifice...

by ERICmurphy <murphye@gmail.com>

Wednesday August 25th, 1999 8:19 AM

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Combine with Back Orifice and this can be very dangerous. You see, in order for Back Orifice to work, a file has to make it onto the machine you are trying to get into.

This hole would be an extremely easy way to do this. Oh man, think of the installed base of these easily hackable computers. I know the hole exists on my computer after visiting Georgi's page.