Microsoft Internet Explorer mergeAttributes Type Confusion Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

2015-09-08T00:00:00
ID ZDI-15-422
Type zdi
Reporter 0016EECD9D7159A949DAD3BC17E0A939
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 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.