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iDefense Security Advisory 07.20.11: Apple Safari innerText Use-After-Free Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 07.20.11
Jul 20, 2011
Safari is Apple's web browser, and is based on the open source WebKit
browser engine. MobileSafari is Safari for Apple's mobile devices
including the iPad and iPhone. For more information, see the vendor's
site found at the following link.
Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in Apple Inc.'s
Safari browser could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with
the privileges of the current user.
Safari is Apple's Web browser and is based on the open source WebKit
This vulnerability occurs when Safari incorrectly handles an error state
when encountering a broken XHTML tag. Specifically, the tag enclosing
the tag being processed is freed and is then referenced after it has
already been freed. This can lead to the execution of arbitrary code.
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 Web page
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.
Safari versions prior to 5.1 and 5.0.6 are vulnerable.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Apple Inc. has released patches which addresses this issue. For more
information, consult their advisory at the following URL:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2011-0234 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
06/01/2011 Initial Vendor Notification
06/01/2011 Initial Vendor Reply
07/20/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by wushi of team509.
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