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

2015-07-14T00:00:00
ID ZDI-15-336
Type zdi
Reporter Zheng Huang of Baidu Scloud XTeam
Modified 2015-11-09T00:00:00

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 vulnerability relates to how Internet Explorer processes CTreeNode objects. By manipulating a document's elements an attacker can force a CTreeNode object in memory to be reused after it has been freed. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code under the context of the current process.