Microsoft Internet Explorer CPhraseElement Use-After-Free Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

2014-08-12T00:00:00
ID ZDI-14-286
Type zdi
Reporter Peter "corelanc0d3r" Van Eeckhoutte - www.corelan.be
Modified 2014-11-09T00:00:00

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 the usage of CPhraseElement objects. By manipulating a document's elements an attacker can force a dangling pointer to be reused after it has been freed. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code under the context of the current process.