This module exploits a vulnerability found in Microsoft Internet Explorer. It was originally
found being exploited in the wild targeting Japanese and Korean IE8 users on Windows XP,
around the same time frame as CVE-2013-3893, except this was kept out of the public eye by
multiple research companies and the vendor until the October patch release.
This issue is a use-after-free vulnerability in CDisplayPointer via the use of a
"onpropertychange" event handler. To set up the appropriate buggy conditions, we first craft
the DOM tree in a specific order, where a CBlockElement comes after the CTextArea element.
If we use a select() function for the CTextArea element, two important things will happen:
a CDisplayPointer object will be created for CTextArea, and it will also trigger another
event called "onselect". The "onselect" event will allow us to set up for the actual event
handler we want to abuse - the "onpropertychange" event. Since the CBlockElement is a child
of CTextArea, if we do a node swap of CBlockElement in "onselect", this will trigger
"onpropertychange". During "onpropertychange" event handling, a free of the CDisplayPointer
object can be forced by using an "Unselect" (other approaches also apply), but a reference
of this freed memory will still be kept by CDoc::ScrollPointerIntoView, specifically after
the CDoc::GetLineInfo call, because it is still trying to use that to update
CDisplayPointer's position. When this invalid reference arrives in QIClassID, a crash
finally occurs due to accessing the freed memory. By controlling this freed memory, it is
possible to achieve arbitrary code execution under the context of the user.
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