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McAfee Security Bulletin - VirusScan Enterprise update fixes Memory Corruption vulnerability leading to a Denial of Service of the Internet Explorer active tab (CVE-2016-8030)
Security Bulletins ID:   SB10194
Last Modified:  7/31/2017


First Published: 4/11/2017
 Impact of Vulnerability:  Denial of Service (CWE-730, OWASP 2004:A9)
 CVE Numbers:  CVE-2016-8030
 Severity Rating:  Medium
 CVSS v3 Base / Temporal Scores:  4.3 / 3.8
 Recommendations:  Install or update to VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 Patch 9
 Security Bulletin Replacement:  None
 Affected Software:  VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 Patch 8 and all earlier versions
 Location of Updated Software:  http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx

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Article contents:


A Memory Corruption vulnerability in the Scriptscan COM Object in McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 Patch 8 and earlier allows a remote attacker to create a Denial of Service on the active Internet Explorer tab via a crafted HTML link.


Go to the Product Downloads site and download the applicable product patch file:
Product Type Version Release Date
VirusScan Enterprise Patch 8.8 Patch 9 March 28, 2017

Download and Installation Instructions
See KB56057 for instructions on how to download McAfee products, documentation, security updates, patches, and hotfixes. Review the Release Notes and the Installation Guide, which you can download from the Documentation tab, for instructions on how to install these updates.


None. McAfee strongly recommends that you install the available patch update.


The Denial of Service impacts only the active tab in Internet Explorer. The Denial of Service occurs only after a fresh installation of the Scriptscan COM DLL during initialization.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know whether my McAfee product is vulnerable or not?
For Endpoint products:
Use the following instructions for endpoint or client based products:
  1. Right-click on the McAfee tray shield icon on the Windows task bar.
  2. Select Open Console.
  3. In the console, select Action Menu.
  4. In the Action Menu, select Product Details. The product version is displayed.

How Do I determine the product version information for VirusScan Enterprise 8.x?
For details, see KB51722.

What is CVSS?
CVSS, or Common Vulnerability Scoring System, is the result of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council's effort to standardize a system of assessing the criticality of a vulnerability. This system offers an unbiased criticality score between 0 and 10 that customers can use to judge how critical a vulnerability is and plan accordingly. For more information, please visit the CVSS website at: http://www.first.org/cvss/.

When calculating CVSS scores, McAfee has adopted a philosophy that fosters consistency and repeatability. Our guiding principle for CVSS scoring is to score the exploit under consideration by itself. We consider only the immediate and direct impact of the exploit under consideration. We do not factor into a score any potential follow-on exploits that might be made possible by successful exploitation of the issue being scored
What are the CVSS scoring metrics that have been used?
CVE-2016-8030: Memory Corruption vulnerability leading to a Denial of Service of the Internet Explorer active tab
 Base Score 4.3
 Attack Vector (AV) Network (N)
 Attack Complexity (AC) Low (L)
 Privileges Required (PR) None (N)
 User Interaction (UI) Required (R)
 Scope (S) Unchanged (U)
 Confidentiality (C) None (N)
 Integrity (I) None (N)
 Availability (A) Low (L)
 Temporal Score (Overall) 3.8
 Exploitability (E) Unproven (U)
 Remediation Level (RL) Official Fix (O)
 Report Confidence (RC) Confirmed (C)

NOTE: The below CVSS version 3.0 vector was used to generate this score.

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