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Secunia Research: Internet Explorer Exception Handling Memory Corruption Vulnerability

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                     Secunia Research 14/06/2006

 Internet Explorer Exception Handling Memory Corruption Vulnerability

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Table of Contents

Affected Software....................................................1
Severity.............................................................2
Description of Vulnerability.........................................3
Solution.............................................................4
Time Table...........................................................5
Credits..............................................................6
References...........................................................7
About Secunia........................................................8
Verification.........................................................9

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1) Affected Software

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

Prior versions may also be affected.

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2) Severity

Rating: Highly critical
Impact: System access
Where:  From remote

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3) Description of Vulnerability

Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in Internet Explorer, 
which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's 
system.

The vulnerability is caused due to a memory corruption error within 
the handling of certain exceptional conditions. This can e.g. be 
exploited by registering an exception handler for an object and then 
trigger a certain condition via e.g. a certain sequence of nested 
"object" HTML tags.

Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code when a 
user e.g. visits a malicious web site.

NOTE: This vulnerability is a variant of a browser crash bug 
initially reported by Michal Zalewski.

The vulnerability has been confirmed on a fully patched system with 
Internet Explorer 6.0 and Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (without MS06-021).
Prior versions may also be affected.

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4) Solution

Apply patches.

Please see MS06-021 (KB916281):
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS06-021.mspx

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5) Time Table

26/04/2006 - Initial vendor notification.
28/04/2006 - Vendor confirms vulnerability.
14/06/2006 - Public disclosure.

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6) Credits

Discovered by Andreas Sandblad, Secunia Research.

Initial crash bug discovered by:
Michal Zalewski

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7) References

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned 
CVE-2006-2218 for the vulnerability.

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8) About Secunia

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9) Verification

Please verify this advisory by visiting the Secunia website:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/2006-41/advisory/

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/

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