ZDI-06-018: Microsoft Internet Explorer DXImageTransform ActiveX Memory
June 13, 2006
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Internet Explorer 6 All Versions
Internet Explorer 5 SP4
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since June 13, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4461. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Successful
exploitation requires that the target user browse to a malicious web
The specific flaw exists in the Microsoft ActiveX object
DXImageTransform.Microsoft.MMSpecialEffect1Input. Due to improper
garbage collection when another object is assigned to any property,
code execution is possible. This object implements the IObjectSafety
interface and thus the default Internet Explorer settings allow for
arbitrary code execution without any further user interaction.
Several related ActiveX objects suffer from the same problem
-- Vendor Response:
Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.04.27 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.06.13 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.06.13 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher.
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