Advisory Details

August 7th, 2014

(0Day) (Pwn2Own) Microsoft Internet Explorer PresentationHost.exe Protected Mode Bypass Vulnerability

ZDI-14-292
ZDI-CAN-2236

CVE ID CVE-2014-2819
CVSS SCORE 7.2, (AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
AFFECTED VENDORS Microsoft
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Internet Explorer
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 specific flaw exists within the handling of entries within the ElevationPolicy. The issue lies in the ability to call PresentationHost.exe to load a page outside of the sandbox. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code in the context of the current user at medium integrity.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS


This vulnerability is being disclosed publicly without a patch in accordance with the ZDI 120 day deadline.

03/13/2014 - ZDI disclosed to vendor at Pwn2Own
03/14/2014 - Vendor acknowledged receipt
06/12/2014 - Vendor updated that they were "scoping/developing a fix"
07/09/2014 - Vendor requested an extension
07/14/2014 - ZDI granted extension to to 08/06/14
08/07/2014 - ZDI disclosed at Black Hat
08/12/2014 - Vendor patch posted

-- Mitigation:

Set the Policy value for PresentationHost.exe to either 0 or 2 within the ElevationPolicy in the registry.

-- Vendor Response:

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

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/MS14-051


DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2014-03-13 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2014-08-07 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Zeguang Zhao of Team509
Liang Chen of KeenTeam
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