Microsoft Internet Explorer mergeAttributes Type Confusion Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ID ZDI-15-422
Type zdi
Reporter 0016EECD9D7159A949DAD3BC17E0A939
Modified 2015-11-09T00:00:00


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 performs merging of HTML attributes. By manipulating a document's elements, an attacker can cause an object in memory to be processed as if it were a different type of object. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code under the context of the current process.