Feeds

IE + RealPlayer = Security hole

ActiveX also enters into the equation

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

If you have RealPlayer installed and use Internet Explorer to browse the web, beware: an exploit in circulation can allow an attacker to take complete control of your machine, Symantec is warning.

Attacks targeting the most recent version of RealNetworks' music and video player were first observed Thursday night. They exploit a vulnerability in the way RealPlayer interacts with IE, providing a stealthy means for miscreants to shoehorn their way into a user's PC.

"If you have RealPlayer installed, simply visiting a malicious Web page can put your computer at risk," a Symantec blog post explains. "The player does not need to be running."

The ActiveX object being exploited resides in the the RealPlayer component ierpplug.dll. Attack code reviewed by Symantec causes RealPlayer to download and execute a copy of Trojan.Zonebac.

Until RealNetworks issues a patch, workarounds include:

  • Set a kill bit in the Windows registry at FDC7A535-4070-4B92-A0EA-D9994BCC0DC5
  • Configure IE to prompt before executing ActiveX scripts
  • Configure Outlook and Outlook Express to display email in plain text or to open HTML messages in the restricted sites security zone.

Another option is to use Firefox as your primary browser, preferably along with the NoScript add-on. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Google recommends pronounceable passwords
Super Chrome goes into battle with Mr Mxyzptlk
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.