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Microsoft Internet Explorer cross-domain frame race condition

Vulnerability Note VU#471361

Original Release Date: 2007-06-05 | Last Revised: 2007-06-07


Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a race condition that results in a cross-domain violation.


Internet Explorer uses a cross-domain security model to maintain separation between browser frames from different sources. This model is designed to prevent code in one domain from accessing data in a different domain. The Internet Security Manager Object determines which zone or domain a URL exists in and what actions can be performed.

A race condition in Internet Explorer may allow an attacker to evade the cross-domain security model. Note that Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 are affected by this vulnerability.


A website in one domain has the ability to access information in another domain. The website may also be able to execute scripts or take other actions that are permitted in the other domain.


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

Do not follow unsolicited links

In order to convince users to visit their sites, attackers often use URL encoding, IP address variations, long URLs, intentional misspellings, and other techniques to create misleading links. Use caution when clicking on unsolicited links received in email, instant messages, web forums, or internet relay chat (IRC) channels. Type URLs directly into the browser to avoid these misleading links. While these are generally good security practices, following these behaviors will not prevent exploitation of this vulnerability in all cases.

Disable Javascript

Disabling Javascript may mitigate this vulnerability. Instructions for disabling javascript can be found in the Securing Your Web Browser document.

Vendor Information


Microsoft Corporation Affected

Updated:  June 05, 2007



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 0 AV:--/AC:--/Au:--/C:--/I:--/A:--
Temporal 0 E:ND/RL:ND/RC:ND
Environmental 0 CDP:ND/TD:ND/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



This issue was reported by Michal Zalewski on the Full-Disclosure mailing list.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Date Public: 2007-06-04
Date First Published: 2007-06-05
Date Last Updated: 2007-06-07 21:32 UTC
Document Revision: 14

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