WebKit is an open source web browser engine. It is currently used by Apple Inc.'s Safari browser, as well as by Google's Chrome browser. For more information, see the vendor's site at the following link.
Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in WebKit, as included with multiple vendors' browsers, could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user viewing the Webpage. To exploit this vulnerability, a targeted user must load a malicious Webpage created by an attacker. An attacker typically accomplishes this via social engineering or injecting content into compromised, trusted sites. After the user visits the malicious Webpage, no further user interaction is needed.
Exploitation of this vulnerability is relatively simple if a heap spray technique is used to control large portions of heap memory. It is also trivial for an attacker to reallocate the chunk of freed memory and populate it with controlled values. This allows an attacker to control a C++ VTABLE, which leads to code execution. As such, iDefense considers this vulnerability to be highly exploitable.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Google Chrome 22.214.171.124 and Safari 4.0.4. Previous versions are suspected to be vulnerable. A full list of affected Apple products can be found in Security Advisory APPLE-SA-2010-03-11-1 Safari 4.0.5.
Apple Inc. has released a patch which addresses this issue. Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URLs shown. http://www.apple.com/safari/download
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2010-0049 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.
12/15/2009 Initial Vendor Notification
12/15/2009 Initial Vendor Reply
03/11/2010 Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by wushi&Z of team509.
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