Microsoft Internet Explorer insertAdjacentText Remote Code Execution VulnerabilityZDI-12-193: December 21st, 2012
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This vulnerability allows remote 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 or open a malicious file.
The specific flaw exists within the way Internet Explorer handles repeated calls to insertAdjacentText. When the size of the element reaches a certain threshold Internet Explorer fails to correctly relocate key elements. An unitialized variable in one of the function can cause memory corruption. This can lead to remote code execution under the context of the program.
Vendor ResponseMicrosoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
2012-03-14 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2012-12-21 - Coordinated public release of advisory
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