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New Internet Explorer 10 zero-day exploit targets U.S. military
A new zero-day exploit within IE 10 has been discovered in what is called "Operation Snowman," resulting in rapid investigation by Microsoft.
Discovered by security researchers from FireEye and dubbed "Operation Snowman," the campaign -- believed to be operating out of China -- is similar to Operation DeputyDog and Operation Ephemeral Hydra, both of which used zero-day flaws to deliver remote access trojans in order to hit strategically important targets.
According to the researchers, the zero-day exploit in Operation Snowman (CVE-2014-0322) is a "classic drive-by download attack," a phrase relating to browser-based attacks that hoodwink website visitors in to visiting malware-infected sites. The security firm says the attackers added an iframe to the VFW website's HTML code which then loaded the infected page in the background. When this code is loaded within the IE 10 browser, a Flash object is ran which downloads, decodes and executes an XOR-encoded payload from a remote server.
However, if a user is browsing with a different version of IE or has installed Microsoft’s Experience Mitigation Toolkit (EMET), the exploit will not function.
The Redmond giant has confirmed the vulnerability, stating:
"Microsoft is aware of targeted attacks against Internet Explorer, currently targeting customers using Internet Explorer 10. We are investigating and we will take appropriate actions to help protect customers."
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