Palm Pre WebOS 1.1 Denial Of Service

Type packetstorm
Reporter Townsend Ladd Harris
Modified 2009-10-14T00:00:00


                                            `I. Description  
The Palm Pre WebOS version <= 1.1 suffers from a floating point exception vulnerability when attempting to view a specially crafted web page. This vulnerability has been addressed in the latest patch from Palm and all users are recommended to update to WebOS version 1.2+.  
II. Impact  
If a user views a malicious web page that contains specially crafted data, the "LunaSysMgr" process will crash, causing the device to simulate a reboot. The bug itself is a floating point exception that crashes the "LunaSysMgr" process and forces the device to restart the process, simulating a reboot of the system. At the time of the discovery, the greatest risk to the system was a denial of service condition.   
The crash does not occur when viewing the malicious web page while in landscape mode.  
III. Proof of Concept  
The Palm Pre WebOS version <= 1.1 will crash upon opening a web page that contains 50,280 bytes of data or greater and attempts to refresh the page. Upon viewing the malicious web page the LunaSysMgr process will generate a floating point exception and simulate a system "reboot".  
The following code will trigger the issue  
"<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="1">AAAAA..." using 50280 or more characters after the refresh.  
IV. About  
This vulnerability was discovered by Townsend Ladd Harris <PalmPreHacker [a t]>  
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