MSIE 9 MSHTML CElement::Has­Flag memory corruption

From: Berend-Jan Wever <>
To:,Bugtraq <>
Subject: MSIE 9 MSHTML CElement::Has­Flag memory corruption


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MSIE 9 MSHTML CElement::HasFlag memory corruption
(The fix and CVE number for this issue are not known)

A specially crafted web-page can trigger a memory corruption
vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer 9. I did not investigate
this vulnerability thoroughly, so I cannot speculate on the potential
impact or exploitability.

Known affected software and attack vectors
* Microsoft Internet Explorer 9

  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.

This bug was found back when I had very little knowledge and tools to do
analysis on use-after-free bugs, so I have no details to share. In
addition, EIP said they were already aware of the bug and provided no
details, this issue appears to have been fixed before ZDI was able to
look at it.

* 27 September 2012: This vulnerability was found through fuzzing.
* 7 November 2012: This vulnerability was submitted to EIP.
* 27 November 2012: This vulnerability was rejected by EIP.
* 28 November 2012: This vulnerability was submitted to ZDI.
* Between December 2012 and February 2013: Microsoft addresses this
* 27 February 2012: This vulnerability was rejected by ZDI.
* 8 December 2016: Details of this vulnerability are released.

I would like to note that although ZDI did not acquire the vulnerability
as it was patched before they could finish analysis, they did offer me
ZDI reward points as a courtesy.



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