Vulnerability Note VU#427980

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 use-after-free vulnerability

Original Release date: 06 Jan 2011 | Last revised: 10 Jan 2011


Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is susceptible to a use-after-free vulnerability in the mshtml.dll library.


The use-after-free vulnerability is triggered when handling circular memory references. Full details of the crash can be found at Michal Zalewski's website. Additional details about the fuzzer used to find this vulnerability can be found at Michal Zalewski's blog.


An attacker can cause the browser to crash and may be able to execute arbitrary code as the user.


We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.

Internet Explorer users should take advantage of the mitigations provided in Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit.

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VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-06 Jan 2011
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This vulnerability was reported to the public by Michal Zalewski.

This document was written by Jared Allar.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2011-0346
  • Date Public: 01 Jan 2011
  • Date First Published: 06 Jan 2011
  • Date Last Updated: 10 Jan 2011
  • Severity Metric: 1.11
  • Document Revision: 13


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