Microsoft Internet Explorer DoS in Rendering Malicious PNG Files. Sep 17 2008 12:58PM
Aditya K Sood (0kn0ck secniche org)
Microsoft Internet Explorer DoS in Rendering Malicious PNG Files.

*Version Affected:*
IE 7 / IE 8 BETA

*Severity:*
Intermediate

*Background:*
Mshtml.dll is a standard library which is responsible for rendering
objects in web pages in Internet Explorer.

*Description:*
The Internet Explorer 7 is vulnerable to Denial of Service while
handling malicious
PNG files. The IE shows a intrinsic vulnerable response while loading
images.This
issue can be exploited by an attacker by letting a victim to visit a
malicious web page
embedded with rogue PNG Files there by leading to denial of service.

*Analysis:*
The internet explorer unable to render and load the malicious png
image.On further discussion ,
Microsoft team stated that CDwnTaskExec::ThreadExec enters an infinite
loop that that keeps
grabbing task and runs them synchronously.This results in failure in
completion of task.When a
task never completes,or timeouts all subsequent task will be blocked.
IE will fail to load all
subsequent image after an attempt to load the malicious PNG file.

*Detection:*
SecNiche confirmed this vulnerability affects Internet Explorer 7 and
Internet Explorer 8 Beta
on the Microsoft Windows XP SP2 platform.The versions tested are:

7.0.5730
8.0.6001

*Links:
http://www.secniche.org/ie_mal_png_dos.html
*
*Disclosure Timeline:*
April 6,2008 Initial Vendor Notification
April 7,2008 Initial Vendor Response
September 17 ,2008 Release Date.

*Vendor Response:*
Microsoft Acknowledges this vulnerability and "fix" will be
released in the final version of Internet Explorer 8 later this year.

*Credit:*
Aditya K Sood

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