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Palm Pre WebOS version <= 1.1 Floating Point Exception
From: PalmPreHacker () gmail com
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 19:56:33 -0600
The Palm Pre WebOS version <= 1.1 suffers from a floating point exception vulnerability when attempting to view a
specially crafted web page. This vulnerability has been addressed in the latest patch from Palm and all users are
recommended to update to WebOS version 1.2+.
If a user views a malicious web page that contains specially crafted data, the "LunaSysMgr" process will crash, causing
the device to simulate a reboot. The bug itself is a floating point exception that crashes the "LunaSysMgr" process
and forces the device to restart the process, simulating a reboot of the system. At the time of the discovery, the
greatest risk to the system was a denial of service condition.
The crash does not occur when viewing the malicious web page while in landscape mode.
III. Proof of Concept
The Palm Pre WebOS version <= 1.1 will crash upon opening a web page that contains 50,280 bytes of data or greater and
attempts to refresh the page. Upon viewing the malicious web page the LunaSysMgr process will generate a floating
point exception and simulate a system "reboot".
The following code will trigger the issue
"<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="1">AAAAA..." using 50280 or more characters after the refresh.
This vulnerability was discovered by Townsend Ladd Harris <PalmPreHacker [a t] gmail.com>
Vulnerability details will be posted at: http://tlhsecurity.blogspot.com/2009/10/palm-pre-webos-version-11-floating.html
- Palm Pre WebOS version <= 1.1 Floating Point Exception PalmPreHacker (Oct 13)