CVE-2021-21148

2021-02-09T00:00:00
ID AKB:B61D2687-96CE-4CE9-939F-9E35DA7814C4
Type attackerkb
Reporter AttackerKB
Modified 2021-02-13T00:00:00

Description

Heap buffer overflow in V8 in Google Chrome prior to 88.0.4324.150 allowed a remote attacker to potentially exploit heap corruption via a crafted HTML page.

Recent assessments:

gwillcox-r7 at February 05, 2021 4:25pm UTC reported:

Reported as exploited in the wild at <https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2021/02/stable-channel-update-for-desktop_4.html>. Several news articles such as <https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/5/22267872/chrome-88-zero-day-vulnerability-government-backed-hackers-security-researchers> have suggested that given the timing of this bug, and that it was reported one day before Google’s report on the North Korea hackers targeting security researchers (see <https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/26/22250060/google-threat-analysis-group-north-korean-hackers-cybersecurity-researchers-social-engineering>), it may be related to the 0day Chrome bug that was used by North Korean state actors in that engagement.

Given this is a remote heap overflow in the browser there may be some concerns regarding reliability though and whilst I’m sure there will be public exploits for this bug, I do question how reliable they will be given the nature of trying to exploit heap exploits. I would imagine the exploit would take advantage of JavaScript to craft the heap appropriately. Therefore a temporary, but not recommended, precaution may be to disable JavaScript in Chrome until one can apply this update.

Please note that Chrome will automatically apply the update if you open and close your browser. However people do tend to keep Chrome open with many tabs and then suspend their PC at the end of the day, so its possible that these patches will likely see an uptick in application when the next Patch Tuesday or company wide patch cycle is enforced and people are forced to reboot their PCs to apply patches, and therefore restart Chrome.