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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

CVE-2017-8651

Severity High
Score 7.5/10

Summary

Internet Explorer in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2012 allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user due to Internet Explorer improperly accessing objects in memory, aka "Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability".

  • HIGH
  • NETWORK
  • HIGH
  • UNCHANGED
  • REQUIRED
  • NONE
  • HIGH
  • HIGH

CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow

Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.

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Advisory Timeline

  • Published