CVE Vulnerabilities


Access of Resource Using Incompatible Type ('Type Confusion')

Published: Jun 15, 2010 | Modified: Aug 05, 2020
CVSS 3.x
CVSS 2.x

The Clipboard::DispatchObject function in app/clipboard/ in Google Chrome before 5.0.375.70 does not properly handle CBF_SMBITMAP objects in a ViewHostMsg_ClipboardWriteObjectsAsync message, which might allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via vectors involving crafted data from the renderer process, related to a Type Confusion issue.


The program allocates or initializes a resource such as a pointer, object, or variable using one type, but it later accesses that resource using a type that is incompatible with the original type.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Chrome Google * *
Chromium-browser Ubuntu upstream *

Extended Description

When the program accesses the resource using an incompatible type, this could trigger logical errors because the resource does not have expected properties. In languages without memory safety, such as C and C++, type confusion can lead to out-of-bounds memory access. While this weakness is frequently associated with unions when parsing data with many different embedded object types in C, it can be present in any application that can interpret the same variable or memory location in multiple ways. This weakness is not unique to C and C++. For example, errors in PHP applications can be triggered by providing array parameters when scalars are expected, or vice versa. Languages such as Perl, which perform automatic conversion of a variable of one type when it is accessed as if it were another type, can also contain these issues.