A specially crafted web-page can trigger a memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft Edge. I did not investigate this vulnerability thoroughly, so I cannot speculate on the potential impact or exploitability.
Microsoft Edge 11.
At the time this issue was first discovered, MemGC was just introduced, and I had not yet fully appreciated what an impact it would have on mitigating use-after-free bugs. Despite MemGC being enabled in Microsoft Edge by default, this issue appeared to me to have been a use-after-free vulnerability. However, both Microsoft and ZDI (whom I sold the vulnerability to) describes it as a memory corruption vulnerability, so it's probably more complex than I assumed.
At the time, I did not consider this vulnerability to be of great interest, as there was no immediately obvious way of controlling the vulnerability in order to exploit it. So, I did not do any further investigation into the root cause and, if this was indeed a use-after-free, how come MemGC did not mitigate it? In hindsight, it would have been a good idea to investigate the root cause, as any use-after-free that is not mitigated by MemGC might provide hints on how to find more vulnerabilities that bypass it.
|Description:||Access violation while reading memory at 0xF050FFC using a pointer to freed memory|
|Security impact:||Potentially exploitable security issue|