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iDefense Security Advisory 07.20.11: Multiple Vendor WebKit SVG animVal Memory Corruption Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 07.20.11
Jul 20, 2011
WebKit is an open source web browser engine. It is currently used by
Apple Inc.'s Safari browser, as well as by Google's Chrome browser. For
more information, see the vendor's site at the following link.
Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in WebKit, as
included with multiple vendors' browsers, could allow an attacker to
execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML based file format used to
describe two dimensional vector graphics. It defines both a markup
When parsing a series of SVG tags, and then manipulating them via
possible to trigger a use after free vulnerability by manipulating the
animVal property of various SVG tags. This leaves a C++ object pointer
in an inconsistent state, which can lead to the execution of arbitrary
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.
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-2011-0240 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
12/01/2010 Initial Vendor Notification
12/01/2010 Initial Vendor Reply
07/20/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by wushi of team509.
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