Microsoft Internet Explorer Use After Free Vulnerability
Internet Explorer is a graphical web browser developed by Microsoft Corp. that has been included with Microsoft Windows since 1995. For more information about Internet Explorer, please the visit following website: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/default.aspx
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.
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 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 web page, no further user interaction is needed.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and 7 are vulnerable.
Microsoft suggested workarounds can be found under the workaround section of the following link:
Microsoft has released updates to address this vulnerability. For more information, consult their advisory at the following URL.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2012-0170 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.
12/07/2011 Initial Vendor Notification
12/07/2011 Initial Vendor Reply
04/10/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Jose A. Vazquez of http://spa-s3c.blogspot.com.
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