XML data Island workaround may affect clients wth exchange 2003 outlook web access

Published: 2008-12-16
Last Updated: 2008-12-16 22:18:29 UTC
by donald smith (Version: 1)
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J.T. wrote in to tell us there is an issue with the XML Data Island CLSID workaround for the zero day IE vulnerability.

"If the Disable XML Island functionality work around is used, users are
no longer able to send emails with Exchange 2003 Outlook Web Access.
When the user clicks the send button to send the message, the following
alert is displayed: "You do not have permissions to delete this item".
If the user clicks "OK" on the prompt window, the message window is
closed and the message is not sent.
When XML island functionality is re-enabled, the message is delivered as

I assume this implies that outlook webmail requires embedded xml in
html as Microsoft did list this as an impact.

"Impact of workaround: Embedded XML in HTML may not render correctly."

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Cisco's Annual Security report has been released.

Published: 2008-12-16
Last Updated: 2008-12-16 21:52:46 UTC
by donald smith (Version: 1)
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Cisco released their 2008 Annual Security report.
It is a good report highlighting security threats and trends.
This is fairly comprehensive. Its 52 pages in length and very well done.
They have chapter on Security Risks and trends, data loss, Human Factors,
Insider Threats, Issues of trust, vulnerabilities, Geopolitical and
political conflicts, Countering Internet Security Threats and a
Conclusion chapter.
Of course they couldn't cover everything but for a good review
of the kinds of things that happened in the last year from an
Internet based perspective this is a very good report to read.

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Microsoft announces an out of band patch for IE zero day

Published: 2008-12-16
Last Updated: 2008-12-16 20:23:07 UTC
by donald smith (Version: 1)
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Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing an out of cycle
security bulletin  tomorrow for the IE zero day discussed here.
Here is the link to the announcement.
It has good version information that should help IT departments plan
for this patch deployment.

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New Facebook cross-site scripting vulnerabilities

Published: 2008-12-16
Last Updated: 2008-12-16 02:02:33 UTC
by Toby Kohlenberg (Version: 1)
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From XXSed (http://www.xssed.com/news/80/New_highly_critical_Facebook_XSS_vulnerabilities_pose_serious_privacy_risks/) -

"Security researchers Zeitjak, David Wharton, Daimon and p3lo, have recently discovered XSS flaws that affect several Facebook functionalities including the developers page, new users registration page, iphone login page and applications page."

PoC links are on XXSed for anyone who is curious.

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