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Remote exploitation of a use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.
The vulnerability occurs when the HTML content within a sequence time container is modified and a certain attribute has been set on the container. An object is created and this object's memory is later freed; however, a reference to the object remains within a another object. When the reference is later used to access the other object, this now-invalid memory is treated as valid. The corrupt object's vtable is used to make an indirect function call. This may result in the execution of arbitrary code.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user viewing the Web page. To exploit this vulnerability, a targeted user must load a malicious Web page 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 Web page, no further user interaction is needed.
The following Microsoft products are vulnerable:
Microsoft Corp. has released patches which address this issue. Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URLs shown.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2011-1255 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.
01/26/2011 Initial Vendor Notification
01/26/2011 Initial Vendor Reply
06/14/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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