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Zero Day Initiative Advisory 12-200

Zero Day Initiative Advisory 12-200
Posted Dec 22, 2012
Authored by Tipping Point | Site zerodayinitiative.com

Zero Day Initiative Advisory 12-200 - This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Internet Explorer. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file. The specific flaw exists within the way Internet Explorer handles CTreeNode objects. By manipulating a document's elements an attacker can force a dangling pointer to be reused after it has been freed. The issue lies in a possible type confusion between a CTreeNode object and an ISpanQualifier instance during the layout of a document being performed. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code under the context of the current process.

tags | advisory, remote, arbitrary
advisories | CVE-2012-2548
MD5 | eb6da2a19a550a626980bfdd6f55ca85

Zero Day Initiative Advisory 12-200

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ZDI-12-200 : Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 CTreeNode Remote Code Execution
Vulnerability
http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-12-200
December 21, 2012

- -- CVE ID:
CVE-2012-2548

- -- CVSS:
7.5, AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

- -- Affected Vendors:
Microsoft

- -- Affected Products:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9


- -- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 12584.
For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS, visit:

http://www.tippingpoint.com

- -- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Microsoft Internet Explorer. User interaction
is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a
malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the way Internet Explorer handles CTreeNode
objects. By manipulating a document's elements an attacker can force a
dangling pointer to be reused after it has been freed. The issue lies in a
possible type confusion between a CTreeNode object and an ISpanQualifier
instance during the layout of a document being performed. An attacker can
leverage this vulnerability to execute code under the context of the
current process.

- -- Vendor Response:
Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details
can be found at:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2757760


- -- Disclosure Timeline:
2012-07-24 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2012-12-21 - Coordinated public release of advisory

- -- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
* Stephen Fewer of Harmony Security (www.harmonysecurity.com)

- -- About the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI):
Established by TippingPoint, The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) represents
a best-of-breed model for rewarding security researchers for responsibly
disclosing discovered vulnerabilities.

Researchers interested in getting paid for their security research
through the ZDI can find more information and sign-up at:

http://www.zerodayinitiative.com

The ZDI is unique in how the acquired vulnerability information is
used. TippingPoint does not re-sell the vulnerability details or any
exploit code. Instead, upon notifying the affected product vendor,
TippingPoint provides its customers with zero day protection through
its intrusion prevention technology. Explicit details regarding the
specifics of the vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until
an official vendor patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the
altruistic aim of helping to secure a broader user base, TippingPoint
provides this vulnerability information confidentially to security
vendors (including competitors) who have a vulnerability protection or
mitigation product.

Our vulnerability disclosure policy is available online at:

http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/disclosure_policy/

Follow the ZDI on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/thezdi

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