TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Microsoft Internet Explorer Input Range Control Use-After-Free Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-16-187: March 8th, 2016


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Internet Explorer. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The vulnerability relates to how Internet Explorer processes HTML input elements having a type of "range". By manipulating a document's elements an attacker can force a structure in memory to be reused after it has been freed. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code under the context of the current process.

Vendor Response

Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2016-01-07 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2016-03-08 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Simon Zuckerbraun - HP Zero Day Initiative