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Re: Crash IE with 11 bytes ;)
From: "Aaron Gray" <angray () beeb net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 15:19:50 +0100

Here's a detailed description of what's going wrong with [STYLE]@;/*

The problem is the unterminated comment "/*"; IE computes the length of 
the comment for a memcpy opperation by substracting the end pointer form 
the start pointer. The comment starts behind "/*" and should end at "*/", 
but since there is no terminator, the start of the string is used. IE 
there for calculates the string to be -2 unicode characters long. The 
subsequent memcpy will try to copy 0xFFFFFFFE bytes untill it gets a read 
or write exception. (You will see the offending instruction is a REP 

Unfortunately for us hackers, I believe you cannot control the length 
value for the memcpy other then setting it to -2. So you will always cause 
a read or write exception. You will only overwrite a small part of the 
heap before the exception is caused so overwriting the SEH to controlling 
execution is also ruled out.

Conclusion: lame DoS

I did find another way to use this to cause an exception at a different 
This will crash because of a null pointer in a CMP [ESI], 0.
It didn't look interesting to me, so no detailed investigation.


Cheers, nice analysis, nasty bug, I bet the guy who wrote the code is feeling very sheepish :o)


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