Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer XSS Filter CVE-2016-3273 Information Disclosure Vulnerability

ID SMNTC-91576
Type symantec
Reporter Symantec Security Response
Modified 2016-07-12T00:00:00



Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer are prone to an information-disclosure vulnerability that affects the XSS Filter. An attacker can exploit this issue by tricking an unsuspecting victim into viewing a page containing malicious content. An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary script code in the context of the user running the application. This may allow the attacker to steal cookie-based authentication credentials and other sensitive data that may aid in further attacks. Other attacks are possible.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9


Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
Run all non-administrative software as a non-administrative user with the least amount of privileges required to successfully operate. This will greatly reduce the potential damage that successful exploitation may achieve.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
Never follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Set web browser security to disable the execution of script code or active content.
Since the exploitation of some of these issues allows the execution of malicious script code in web clients, consider disabling support for script code and active content within the client browser. Note that this mitigation tactic might adversely affect websites that rely on the execution of browser-based script code.

Updates are available. Please see the references or vendor advisory for more information.