Original release date: June 22, 2012
Last revised: —
Microsoft XML Core Services 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0 are affected.
Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office 2003, and Microsoft
Office 2007 are affected due to their use of XML Core Services.
Microsoft Security Advisory (2719615) warns of active attacks using
a vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services. Microsoft Internet
Explorer and Microsoft Office can be used as attack vectors.
Microsoft Security Advisory (2719615), a Google Online Security
blog post, Sophos, and other sources report active attacks
exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services
(CVE-2012-1889). Attack scenarios involve exploits served by
compromised web sites and delivered in Office documents. Reliable
public exploit code is available, and attacks may become more
By convincing a victim to view a specially crafted web page or
Office document, an attacker could execute arbitrary code and take
any action as the victim.
As of June 22, 2012, a comprehensive update is not available.
Consider the following workarounds.
Apply Fix it
Apply the Fix it solution described in Microsoft Knowledge Base
Article 2719615. This solution uses the Application
Compatibility Database feature to make runtime modifications to
XML Core Services to patch the vulnerability.
Configure Internet Explorer to disable Active Scripting in the
Internet and Local intranet zones as described in Microsoft
Security Advisory (2719615). See also Securing Your Web Browser.
Use the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)
EMET is a utility to configure Windows runtime mitigation
features such as Data Execution Prevention (DEP), Address Space
Layout Randomization (ASLR), and Structured Exception Handler
Overwrite Protection (SEHOP). These features, particularly the
combination of system-wide DEP and ASLR, make it more difficult
for an attacker to successfully exploit a vulnerability.
Configure EMET for Internet Explorer as described in Microsoft
Security Advisory (2719615).
* Microsoft Security Advisory (2719615) –
* Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core
Services could allow remote code execution –
* NVD Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2012-1889 –
* Microsoft XML vulnerability under active exploitation –
* European aeronautical supplier’s website infected with “state-sponsored” zero-day exploit –
* Securing Your Web Browser –
* Application Compatibility Database –