Microsoft Internet Explorer SetExpandedClipRect Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

2011-10-15T00:00:00
ID ZDI-11-290
Type zdi
Reporter Anonymous
Modified 2011-11-09T00:00:00

Description

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Internet Explorer. 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 mshtml.dll and is a logic bug in the way it handles the 'extra size index' in certain CDispNode classes within the SetExpandedClipRect function. When the 'extra size index' is zero, the code fails to correctly adjust the class instance pointer before and uses the vftable pointer as a flag field. This corrupts the vftable pointer and can lead to remote code execution under the context of the current user. This issue is closely related to CVE-2009-3672.