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Microsoft Internet Explorer Layouts Use-After-Free

Microsoft Internet Explorer Layouts Use-After-Free
Posted Apr 15, 2011
Authored by Nicolas Joly, VUPEN | Site vupen.com

The VUPEN Vulnerability Research Team discovered a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer. The vulnerability is caused by a use-after-free error in the "CSpliceTreeEngine::InsertSplice()" function within the MSHTML library when handling layouts, which could be exploited by remote attackers to compromise a vulnerable system by tricking a user into visiting a specially crafted web page. Versions 6 and 7 are affected.

tags | advisory, remote, web
advisories | CVE-2011-0094
SHA-256 | b8d96323c4a211ae41bedf90189a3872ffab299ee06c72ee8c21def85c12f670

Microsoft Internet Explorer Layouts Use-After-Free

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VUPEN Security Research - Microsoft Internet Explorer Layouts Use-after-free 
Vulnerability (CVE-2011-0094)

http://www.vupen.com/english/research.php


I. BACKGROUND
---------------------

"Microsoft Internet Explorer is a web browser developed by Microsoft and
included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems with
more than 60% of the worldwide usage share of web browsers." (Wikipedia)


II. DESCRIPTION
---------------------

VUPEN Vulnerability Research Team discovered a critical vulnerability
in Internet Explorer.

The vulnerability is caused by a use-after-free error in the
"CSpliceTreeEngine::InsertSplice()" function within the MSHTML library
when handling layouts, which could be exploited by remote attackers to
compromise a vulnerable system by tricking a user into visiting a specially
crafted web page.

CVSS Score: 10 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)


III. AFFECTED PRODUCTS
---------------------------

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1
Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1
Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2


IV. Binary Analysis & Exploits/PoCs
---------------------------------------

In-depth binary analysis of the vulnerability and a code execution exploit
are available through the VUPEN Binary Analysis & Exploits Service :

http://www.vupen.com/english/services/ba-index.php


V. VUPEN Threat Protection Program
-----------------------------------

To proactively protect critical networks and infrastructures against
unpatched
vulnerabilities and reduce risks related to zero-day attacks, VUPEN shares
its
vulnerability research with governments and organizations members of the
VUPEN
Threat Protection Program (TPP).

VUPEN TPP customers receive fully detailed and technical reports about
security
vulnerabilities discovered by VUPEN and in advance of their public
disclosure.

http://www.vupen.com/english/services/tpp-index.php


VI. SOLUTION
----------------

Apply the MS11-018 security update.


VII. CREDIT
--------------

This vulnerability was discovered by Nicolas Joly of VUPEN Security


VIII. ABOUT VUPEN Security
---------------------------

VUPEN is a leading IT security research company providing vulnerability
management and security intelligence solutions which enable enterprises
and institutions to eliminate vulnerabilities before they can be exploited,
ensure security policy compliance and meaningfully measure and manage risks.

Governmental and federal agencies, and global enterprises in the financial
services, insurance, manufacturing and technology industries rely on VUPEN
to improve their security, prioritize resources, cut time and costs, and
stay ahead of the latest threats.

* VUPEN Vulnerability Notification Service (VNS) :
http://www.vupen.com/english/services/vns-index.php

* VUPEN Binary Analysis & Exploits Service (BAE) :
http://www.vupen.com/english/services/ba-index.php

* VUPEN Threat Protection Program for Govs (TPP) :
http://www.vupen.com/english/services/tpp-index.php

* VUPEN Web Application Security Scanner (WASS) :
http://www.vupen.com/english/services/wass-index.php


IX. REFERENCES
----------------------

http://www.vupen.com/english/research-vuln.php
http://www.vupen.com/english/advisories/2011/0937
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS11-018.mspx


X. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
-----------------------------

2010-05-20 - Vulnerability Discovered by VUPEN
2011-04-12 - MS11-018 security update available

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