FW: Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS98-013)
Boerner, Jason (Orange County)
Jason.Boerner at cox.com
Fri Sep 4 20:26:29 GMT 1998
From: Microsoft Product Security Response Team
[mailto:secure at MICROSOFT.COM]
Sent: Friday, September 04, 1998 10:52 AM
To: MICROSOFT_SECURITY at ANNOUNCE.MICROSOFT.COM
Subject: Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS98-013)
Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS98-013)
Fix available for Internet Explorer Cross Frame Navigate Vulnerability
Originally Posted: September 4, 1998
Last Revised: September 4, 1998
Microsoft has released a patch that fixes a recently discovered issue with
the implementation of cross frame security in Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Customers using affected software listed below should download and apply
these patches as soon as possible.
The Cross Frame Navigate issue involves a vulnerability in Internet Explorer
that could allow a malicious hacker to circumvent certain Internet Explorer
security safeguards. This vulnerability makes it possible for a malicious
Web site operator to read the contents of files on your computer.
While there have not been any reports of customers being adversely affected
by these problems, Microsoft is releasing these patches to address the
implied risks posed by these issues.
Affected Software Versions
The following software is affected by this vulnerability:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, 4.01 and 4.01 SP1 on
Windows NT 4.0, Windows 95
- Microsoft Windows 98, with integrated Internet Explorer
(version 4.01 SP1)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 and 4.01 for Windows 3.1
and Windows NT 3.51
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 and 4.01 for Macintosh
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x
This vulnerability could also affect software that uses HTML functionality
provided by Internet Explorer. Anyone using such programs should download
the patch even if they do not run Internet Explorer as their default
What Microsoft is Doing
On September 4th Microsoft released a patch that fixes the problem
identified. This patch is available for download from the sites listed
Microsoft has sent this security bulletin to customers subscribing to the
Microsoft Product Security Notification Service (see
http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletin.htm for more information about
this free customer service).
Microsoft has published the following Knowledge Base (KB) articles on this
- Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article Q168485, Fix
available for Internet Explorer Cross Frame Navigate Vulnerability
What customers should do
Microsoft highly recommends that users of affected software versions, listed
in the "Affected Software Versions" section above, should download and
install the appropriate patch as soon as possible. Complete URLs for each
affected software version is given below.
Internet Explorer 4
Customers using versions of Internet Explorer listed in the "Affected
Products" section can obtain the patch from the Internet Explorer Security
web site, http://www.microsoft.com/ie/security/xframe.htm
Windows 98 customers can get the updated patch using the Windows Update. To
obtain this patch using Windows Update, launch Windows Update from the
Windows Start Menu and click "Product Updates." When prompted, select 'Yes'
to allow Windows Update to determine whether this patch and other updates
are needed by your computer. If your computer does need this patch, you will
find it listed under the "Critical Updates" section of the page.
Internet Explorer 3 Users
Users of Internet Explorer 3 should first upgrade to the latest version of
Internet Explorer 4 and then obtain the patch. Information on updating to
Internet Explorer 4 can be found from the Internet Explorer download site
In addition to the product guidelines above, you can determine if you have
an affected version of mshtml.dll by following these instructions.
In Windows 98, Windows 95, and Windows NT 4.0
>From the Start Menu select Find and choose Files or Folders.
1. In the Named box, type mshtml.dll.
2. In the Look in box, click the down arrow and choose local
hard drives from the list.
3. Click Find Now.
4. If mshtml.dll is not found, your system does not require
5. If mshtml.dll is found, right-click the file, select
Properties, and then select the Version tab.
6. If the file version is less than 4.72.3509.0100, your system
could be affected and we recommend that you download the
patch. If the file version is greater than 4.72.3508.2400,
your system does not need the patch.
In Windows 3.1x
1. From the File Menu in File Manager, select Search.
2. In the Search For box, type mshtml16.dll.
3. In the Start From box, type your
(for example, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM).
4. Click OK.
5. If mshtml16.dll is not found, your system does not
require the patch.
6. If mshtml16.dll is found, click the file, press Alt-Enter,
and then check the Version information.
7. If the file version is equal to or less than 4.01.2509.0200,
your system could be affected and we recommend that you
download the patch. If the file version is greater than
4.01.2509.0200, your system does not need the patch.
On a Macintosh
1. In Internet Explorer, click the Apple icon and select About
2. Look at the Internet Explorer version number in the bottom
left corner of the dialog box.
3. If the version is 4.01 (PowerPC) or 4.01 (68k), your system
could be affected and we recommend that you download the patch
for Internet Explorer 4.01.
4. If the version is 4.0, your system could be affected and we
recommend that you download Internet Explorer 4.01 and return
to this page to download the patch.
5. If the version is 4.01 (310), you already have the patch and
do not need to download it again.
Please see the following references for more information related to this
- Microsoft Security Bulletin MS98-013, Fix available for
Internet Explorer Cross Frame Navigate Vulnerability,
(the Web posted version of this bulletin),
- Internet Explorer Security Web site, Fix available for
Internet Explorer Cross Frame Navigate Vulnerability,
- Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article Q168485, Fix available
for Internet Explorer Cross Frame Navigate Vulnerability
Microsoft wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Georgi Guninski for
originally reporting this problem.
- September 4, 1998: Bulletin Created
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