Google Chrome 17.0.963.79 CSS Cross-Fade resource management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in Google Chrome 17.0.963.79 (Web Browser). Affected by this issue is an unknown code block of the component CSS Cross-Fade Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a resource management vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-399. Impacted is confidentiality, and integrity. CVE summarizes:

Use-after-free vulnerability in the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) implementation in Google Chrome before 17.0.963.83 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service or possibly have unspecified other impact via vectors related to the cross-fade function.

The weakness was presented 03/21/2012 by Arthur Gerkis (PinkiePie) with Google as 116461 (Website). The advisory is available at The public release was coordinated in cooperation with the vendor. This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2011-3051 since 08/09/2011. The exploitation is known to be difficult. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a private exploit is available.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 58438 (FreeBSD : chromium -- multiple vulnerabilities (330106da-7406-11e1-a1d7-00262d5ed8ee)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family FreeBSD Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 120059 (Google Chrome Prior to 17.0.963.83 Multiple Vulnerabilities).

Upgrading to version 17.0.963.83 eliminates this vulnerability. The upgrade is hosted for download at Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (74211) and Tenable (58438). See 4894, 4895, 5342 and 4896 for similar entries.







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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Access: Private
Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 58438
Nessus Name: FreeBSD : chromium -- multiple vulnerabilities (330106da-7406-11e1-a1d7-00262d5ed8ee)
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OpenVAS ID: 71292
OpenVAS Name: FreeBSD Ports: chromium
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Advisory: 116461
Researcher: Arthur Gerkis (PinkiePie)
Organization: Google
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CVE: CVE-2011-3051 (🔍)

X-Force: 74211 - Google Chrome CSS cross-fade code execution, High Risk
SecurityTracker: 1026841 - Google Chrome Multiple Flaws Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Vulnerability Center: 34710 - Google Chrome < 17.0.963.83 CSS Implementation Use-After-Free Vulnerability Related to Cross-Fade(), Medium
SecurityFocus: 52674
Secunia: 48512 - Google Chrome Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 80289

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Created: 03/27/2012 05:48 PM
Updated: 03/22/2021 10:00 AM
Changes: 03/27/2012 05:48 PM (86), 04/10/2017 12:07 PM (8), 03/22/2021 09:54 AM (4), 03/22/2021 10:00 AM (1)
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