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Zero Day Initiative Advisory 10-257

Zero Day Initiative Advisory 10-257
Posted Nov 23, 2010
Authored by Tipping Point | Site zerodayinitiative.com

Zero Day Initiative Advisory 10-257 - This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Apple Webkit. 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 wholeText method of the Text element. When calculating the total size of all the text containing it, the application will wrap a 32-bit integer. The application will use this in an allocation and then later use a different value for populating the buffer. This can lead to code execution under the context of the application.

tags | advisory, remote, arbitrary, code execution
systems | apple
advisories | CVE-2010-3812
SHA-256 | 25b882b473909491bee5e2d5d9ff573475d8e1674c9b7d01f58b348d3815e065

Zero Day Initiative Advisory 10-257

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ZDI-10-257: Apple Webkit WholeText Integer Overflow Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-10-257

November 23, 2010

-- CVE ID:
CVE-2010-3812

-- CVSS:
9, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:C)

-- Affected Vendors:
Apple

-- Affected Products:
Apple WebKit

-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Apple Webkit. 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 wholeText method of the Text
element. When calculating the total size of all the text containing it,
the application will wrap a 32-bit integer. The application will use
this in an allocation and then later use a different value for
populating the buffer. This can lead to code execution under the context
of the application.


-- Vendor Response:
Apple states:
iOS 4.2: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4456

-- Disclosure Timeline:
2010-08-12 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2010-11-23 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
* J23 (http://twitter.com/HansJ23)

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

Researchers interested in getting paid for their security research
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http://www.zerodayinitiative.com

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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
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altruistic aim of helping to secure a broader user base, TippingPoint
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