000026609 - How to detect Microsoft Advisory 2757760/CVE-2012-4969 - IE 0-day with RSA NetWitness

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Article Number000026609
Applies ToRSA NetWitness NextGen
RSA NetWitness Spectrum
RSA NetWitness Spectrum
RSA NetWitness Spectrum
Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer
Microsoft Advisory 2757760
IssueHow to detect Microsoft Advisory 2757760/CVE-2012-4969 - IE 0-day with RSA NetWitness.

A security researcher Eric Romang has found a Internet Explorer 0-day exploit in the wild of CVE-2012-4969 where a malicious flash file uses Adobe Flash Player to conduct a "heap spray" to bypass the ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) protection in Windows.
This could allow the installation of a backdoor allowing remote access to a fully patched Windows PC.
Source: http://eromang.zataz.com/2012/09/16/zero-day-season-is-really-not-over-yet/


Detecting this Threat using RSA NetWitness:

  • Customers who wish to alert on this Malware may create a custom feed to tag sessions that have the following filenames:
            Protect.html  (This filename may produce false positives as seen in Google advanced search of:
allinurl: Protect.html)

           Please refer to Primus Article A59743 for information on creating custom feeds

            There's a diagram which shows the relationship between the files.

  • At present only one IP address has been detected as supplying the payload. A custom feed or App Rule could be used to alert on accesses to IP:
            source: http://labs.alienvault.com/labs/index.php/2012/new-internet-explorer-zero-day-being-exploited-in-the-wild/

  • Future 3rd party feeds may include compromised websites that have this Malware.
  • Spectrum should detect 111.exe if it is transferred over the network (if the VirusTotal service is enabled through the Spectrum Cloud)


Threat Mitigation:
The Microsoft Advisory has further details on using the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) and Internet Explorer's Enhanced Security Configuration on Windows Servers.

Microsoft Advisory page - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2757760
CVE page - http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4969

Legacy Article IDa59825