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 use-after-free 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 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.
Google Chrome versions prior to 18.0.1025.168 are vulnerable.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.
Google has released an updated version which addresses this issue. For more information, consult their advisory at the following URLs:
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2012-1521 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.
04/04/2012 Initial Vendor Notification
04/05/2012 Initial Vendor Reply
04/30/2012 Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by wushi of team509.
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