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ZDI-07-037: Microsoft Internet Explorer Language Pack Installation Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
From: zdi-disclosures () 3com com
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 13:37:02 -0700
ZDI-07-037: Microsoft Internet Explorer Language Pack Installation
Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
June 12, 2007
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Internet Explorer 6.x
Internet Explorer 7.x
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since February 27, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 3377,4163. For further product information on the TippingPoint
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Microsoft Internet Explorer. User
interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the
target must visit a malicious page.
The specific flaw exists in routines responsible for the on-demand
installation of Internet Explorer language packs. A race condition may
occur when a web page contains several pieces of content written in a
language not currently supported by any of the installed language
packs. In some cases, this race condition results in exploitable memory
corruption that can be leveraged to execute arbitrary code.
-- Vendor Response:
Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.02.27 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.11.08 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2007.06.12 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher.
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