ZDI-06-041: Microsoft Internet Explorer CSS Float Property Memory
November 14, 2006
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Internet Explorer 6
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since October 10, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4761. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows 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.
The specific vulnerability exists due to improper parsing of HTML CSS
'float' properties. By ordering specially crafted 'div' tags in a web
page, memory corruption can occur leading to remote code execution.
-- Vendor Response:
Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.07.18 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.10.10 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.11.14 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by Sam Thomas.
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