Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a use-after-free vulnerability in the MSHTML CMarkup component, which can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.
Microsoft Internet Explorer contains a use-after-free vulnerability in the CMarkup component of the MSHTML library. This can allow for arbitrary code execution. We have confirmed Internet Explorer 10 to be vulnerable. It has been reported that Internet Explorer 9 is also affected. Other versions of Internet Explorer may also be affected.
Note that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild, and the exploit code is publicly available. The exploit in the wild currently only targets Internet Explorer 10 on systems that have Adobe Flash installed and do not have EMET installed. Windows 8 comes with Flash, so no additional software is required to be vulnerable to this particular exploit on that platform. Although no Flash vulnerability appears to be at play here, the Internet Explorer vulnerability is used to corrupt Flash content in a way that allows ASLR to be bypassed via a memory address leak. This is made possible with Internet Explorer because Flash runs within the same process space as the browser. The Flash content uses this ASLR bypass to disable DEP and then execute code. The Microsoft.XMLDOM ActiveX control is used to determine if EMET is installed on the target system. This is done by checking for the presence of C:\Windows\AppPatch\EMET.dll. If this file is present, the exploit attempt is aborted.
By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.
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This vulnerability was publicly reported by FireEye.
This document was written by Will Dormann.
|Date First Published:||2014-02-14|
|Date Last Updated:||2014-02-20 01:47 UTC|