Advisory Details

July 14th, 2015

Microsoft Internet Explorer Enhanced Protected Mode Read-Restrictions Bypass Vulnerability

ZDI-15-331
ZDI-CAN-2863

CVE ID CVE-2015-2412
CVSS SCORE 4.7, (AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N)
AFFECTED VENDORS Microsoft
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Internet Explorer
VULNERABILITY DETAILS


This vulnerability allows remote attackers to partially escape AppContainer limitations 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 IE broker process when processing a file name for reading in the routine IShdocvwBroker::MOTWCreateFileW. Using a directory junction and a symbolic link, code running inside the EPM AppContainer can read any file that the normal user account can read, bypassing the restrictions designed into EPM.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/MS15-065
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2015-04-07 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2015-07-14 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Ashutosh Mehra (https://twitter.com/ashutoshmehra)
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