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iDefense Security Advisory 07.28.09 http://labs.idefense.com/intelligence/vulnerabilities/ Jul 28, 2009
HTML+TIME (HTML Timed Interactive Multimedia Extensions)is a web standard that was created for Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer (IE) to allow web page authors to create timed animation content on a web page. This is accomplished using an XML like markup that makes use of HTML+TIME properties and elements. Internet Explorer supports this markup standard, and also exposes a scripting interface for interacting with the HTML+TIME elements on the page. For more information, please see the vendor's web page at the following link:
Remote exploitation of a use after free vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.
The vulnerability occurs when the 'ondatasetcomplete' event method of a timeChildren object is referenced. If this occurs when the object is in an inconsistent state, a heap chunk will be freed, and then reused after being freed. This results in an uninitialized VTABLE being used, which can result in the execution of arbitrary code when the pointer is dereferenced.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user viewing the web page. To exploit this vulnerability, a targeted user must load a malicious web page created by an attacker. An attacker typically accomplishes this via social engineering or injecting content into compromised, trusted sites. After the user visits the malicious web page, no further user interaction is needed.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8. Internet Explorer 5 does not appear to be vulnerable.
Since this vulnerability is triggered through script code, disabling Active Scripting will prevent the exploitation of this vulnerability.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Microsoft Corp. has released an Out-Of-Band patch which addresses this issue. Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URLs shown.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2009-1917 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
05/06/2009 - PoC Requested 06/06/2009 - PoC Sent 06/24/2009 - Tentative disclosure set to August 06/25/2009 - Requested CVE from vendor 06/25/2009 - Received CVE from vendor 07/23/2009 - Received updated disclosure notice for OOB in July 07/28/2009 - Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Peter Vreugdenhil.
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