VUPEN Security Research - Microsoft Internet Explorer VML Remote Code Execution (MS12-023 / CVE-2012-0172)

2012-04-19T00:00:00
ID SECURITYVULNS:DOC:27919
Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2012-04-19T00:00:00

Description

VUPEN Security Research - Microsoft Internet Explorer VML Remote Code Execution (MS12-023 / CVE-2012-0172)

Website : http://www.vupen.com/english/research.php

Twitter : http://twitter.com/vupen

I. BACKGROUND

"Microsoft Internet Explorer is a web browser developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems with more than 60% of the worldwide usage share of web browsers." (Wikipedia)

II. DESCRIPTION

VUPEN Vulnerability Research Team discovered a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer.

The vulnerability is caused by a use-after-free error within the "vgx.dll" component when processing certain VML behaviors, which could be exploited by attackers to compromise a vulnerable system by tricking a user into visiting a specially crafted web page.

CVSS Score: 10 (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

III. AFFECTED PRODUCTS

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Microsoft Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2 Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1 Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1

IV. Binary Analysis & Exploits/PoCs

In-depth technical analysis of the vulnerability and a working exploit are available through the VUPEN Binary Analysis & Exploits portal:

http://www.vupen.com/english/services/ba-index.php

VUPEN Binary Analysis & Exploits Service provides private exploits and in-depth technical analysis of the most significant public vulnerabilities based on disassembly, reverse engineering, protocol analysis, and code audit.

The service allows governments and major corporations to evaluate risks, and protect infrastructures and assets against new threats. The service also allows security vendors (IPS, IDS, AntiVirus) to supplement their internal research efforts and quickly develop both vulnerability-based and exploit-based signatures to proactively protect their customers from attacks and emerging threats.

V. VUPEN Threat Protection Program

Governments and major corporations which are members of the VUPEN Threat Protection Program (TPP) have been proactively alerted about the vulnerability when it was discovered by VUPEN in advance of its public disclosure, and have received a detailed attack detection guidance to protect national and critical infrastructures against potential 0-day attacks exploiting this vulnerability:

http://www.vupen.com/english/services/tpp-index.php

VI. SOLUTION

Apply the Microsoft MS12-023 security update.

VII. CREDIT

This vulnerability was discovered by Nicolas Joly of VUPEN Security

VIII. ABOUT VUPEN Security

VUPEN is the world leader in vulnerability research for defensive and offensive cyber security. VUPEN solutions enable corporations and governments to measure and manage risks, eliminate vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, and protect critical infrastructures and assets against known and unknown vulnerabilities.

VUPEN has been recognized as "Company of the Year 2011 in the Vulnerability Research Market" by Frost & Sullivan.

VUPEN solutions include:

  • VUPEN Binary Analysis & Exploits Service (BAE) : http://www.vupen.com/english/services/ba-index.php

  • VUPEN Threat Protection Program (TPP) : http://www.vupen.com/english/services/tpp-index.php

IX. REFERENCES

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-023 http://www.vupen.com/english/research.php

X. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE

2012-02-28 - Vulnerability Discovered by VUPEN and shared with TPP customers 2012-04-10 - Public disclosure