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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2000.032 -- Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-011)
Patch Available for "VM File Reading" Vulnerability
21 February 2000
Microsoft Corporation has released the following security bulletin
concerning in the Microsoft virtual machine (Microsoft VM) in Internet
Explorer 4.x and Internet Explorer 5.x under Windows 9x and Windows NT.
There exists a vulnerability in the implementation of the Java "sandbox"
environment. The "sandbox" normally prevents Java applets from accessing
resources outside the virtual environment of the Java Machine in a web
browser on a visiting machine.
This vulnerability may enable a malicious web site operator to read files
from the computer of a person who visited their site or read web content
from inside an intranet if the malicious site is visited by a computer
from within that intranet.
Microsoft have made a patch available which may eliminate this problem:
This security bulletin is provided as a service to AusCERT's members.
As AusCERT did not write the document referenced above, AusCERT has
had no control over its content. The decision to use any or all
of this information is the responsibility of each user or organisation,
and should be done so in accordance with site policies and procedures.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact
Microsoft Corporation directly.
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