Security update available for advisory (961051): MS08-078 (KB960714)


Hey folks, we've got a couple of new links that provides a few more details on this exploit:


In Depth details...


Urgent security update for Internet Explorer



IMPORTANT!  Please note that MS08-078 is not a replacement for MS08-073 (KB958215).  You should install MS08-073, reboot, and then install MS08-078.



Today, Internet Explorer has released an out-of-band Security Update to address the IE exploit outlined in the security advisory 961951. The update is now live to the world via Windows Update. Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update.


The vulnerability is in the way that Internet Explorer handles data binding content in HTML.  The case was opened on Tuesday, December 9th.  MSRC published an Advisory for the vulnerability on Wednesday, December 10.  As the level of exploitation continued to increase, the decision was made to work toward an out-of-band release to address the vulnerability which is available today.


Please use the below links to  download and install this update:


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-078 - CRITICAL


Security Update for Internet Explorer (960714)



Current details from the security advisory:


Microsoft Security Advisory (961051)

Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Published: December 10, 2008 | Updated: December 17, 2008

Microsoft has completed the investigation into a public report of this vulnerability. We have issued MS08-078 to address this issue. For more information about this issue, including download links for an available security update, please review MS08-078. The vulnerability addressed is the Pointer Reference Memory Corruption Vulnerability - CVE-2008-4844.


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December 10, 2008: Advisory published

December 11, 2008: Revised to include Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4, Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1, Internet Explorer 6, and Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 as potentially vulnerable software. Also added more workarounds.

December 12, 2008: Revised to correct operating systems that support Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. Also added more workarounds and a reference to Microsoft Security Advisory (954462).

December 13, 2008: Revised to add the workaround, Disable XML Island functionality. Also, in a FAQ entry, clarified the list of recommended workarounds and added the blog post URL for recommended workarounds.

December 15, 2008: Updated the workarounds, DisableXMLIsland functionality and Disable Row Position functionality of OLEDB32.dll.

December 17, 2008: Advisory updated to reflect publication of security bulletin.



 The IE Support Team


Comments (2)

  1. ejim says:

    I installed KB960714 from the automatic update download without error on my XP Pro SP3 computer without error.  However, the $NTUninstallKB960714 does not appear under c:Windows with the other updates.  Is this a problem?

  2. BrentgMS says:

    It could indicate that the hotfix didn’t fully install.  You should verify the date/time stamp of MSHTML.DLL to see if the hotfix did indeed get installed to windowssystem32.

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