An Indian security researcher has published a proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit code for a vulnerability impacting Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers.
The Indian security researcher Rajvardhan Agarwal has publicly released a proof-of-concept exploit code for a recently discovered vulnerability that affects Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and other Chromium-based browsers (i.e. Opera, Brave).
The researchers uploaded the PoC code on GitHub and announced its availability via Twitter:
Just here to drop a chrome 0day. Yes you read that right.https://t.co/sKDKmRYWBP pic.twitter.com/PpVJrVitLR
— Rajvardhan Agarwal (@r4j0x00) April 12, 2021
According to The Record, the PoC code released by the experts was the same exploited by the security duo composed of Bruno Keith (@bkth_) & Niklas Baumstark (@_niklasb) of Dataflow during the Pwn2Own 2021 hacking contest.
The two experts earned $100,000 for demonstrating an exploit for Chrome and Microsoft Edge web browsers.
“The team used a Typer Mismatch bug to exploit the Chrome renderer and Microsoft Edge. Same exploit for both browsers. They earn $100,000 total and 10 Master of Pwn points.” states the post published on the official site of the competition.
Confirmed! The @dfsec_it team of @bkth_ & @_niklasb used a Typer Mismatch bug to exploit the #Chrome renderer and #Microsoft #Edge. They earn $100,000 total and 10 Master of Pwn points. #Pwn2Own pic.twitter.com/6mpl5GPz6c
— Zero Day Initiative (@thezdi) April 7, 2021
The bad news is that the patch has yet to be implemented into official releases of the major Chromium-based browsers, including Chrome and Edge, that remain vulnerable to the attack.
The partially good news is that the code released by Agarwal only allows an attacker to run malicious code on a user’s operating system but is not able to escape the Chrome sandbox, which means that it could not be used to compromise the underlying machine.
Anyway, we cannot exclude that threat actors could chain the zero-day with a sandbox escape exploit to weaponize Agarwal’s PoC code.
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