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Secunia Research: Internet Explorer Script Error Handling Memory Corruption

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                     Secunia Research 12/12/2006

    - Internet Explorer Script Error Handling Memory Corruption -

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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

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2) Severity 

Rating: Highly critical
Impact: System compromise
Where:  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 an error within the exception
handling of script errors. This can be exploited to corrupt memory via
an HTML document containing specially crafted JavaScript that triggers
certain errors simultaneously.

Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code.

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4) Solution 

Apply patches (see the vendor's advisory for details).

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5) Time Table 

15/08/2006 - Vendor notified.
15/08/2006 - Vendor response.
12/12/2006 - Public disclosure.

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6) Credits 

Discovered by Jakob Balle and Carsten Eiram, Secunia Research.

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7) References

MS06-072 (KB925454):
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS06-072.mspx

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned 
CVE-2006-5579 for the vulnerability.

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9) Verification 

Please verify this advisory by visiting the Secunia website:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/2006-58/

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
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