GLSA 200504-18: Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Suite
Posted on: 04/19/2005 08:47 AM

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200504-18
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Suite: Multiple vulnerabilities
Date: April 19, 2005
Bugs: #89303, #89305
ID: 200504-18

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Synopsis
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New Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Suite releases fix new security vulnerabilities, including memory disclosure and various ways of executing JavaScript code with elevated privileges.

Background
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The Mozilla Suite is a popular all-in-one web browser that includes a mail and news reader. Mozilla Firefox is the next-generation browser from the Mozilla project.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 www-client/mozilla-firefox lt; 1.0.3 gt;= 1.0.3
2 www-client/mozilla-firefox-bin lt; 1.0.3 gt;= 1.0.3
3 www-client/mozilla lt; 1.7.7 gt;= 1.7.7
4 www-client/mozilla-bin lt; 1.7.7 gt;= 1.7.7
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4 affected packages on all of their supported architectures.
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Description
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The following vulnerabilities were found and fixed in the Mozilla Suite and Mozilla Firefox:

* Vladimir V. Perepelitsa reported a memory disclosure bug in JavaScript's regular expression string replacement when using an anonymous function as the replacement argument (CAN-2005-0989).

* moz_bug_r_a4 discovered that Chrome UI code was overly trusting DOM nodes from the content window, allowing privilege escalation via DOM property overrides.

* Michael Krax reported a possibility to run JavaScript code with elevated privileges through the use of javascript: favicons.

* Michael Krax also discovered that malicious Search plugins could run JavaScript in the context of the displayed page or stealthily replace existing search plugins.

* shutdown discovered a technique to pollute the global scope of a window in a way that persists from page to page.

* Doron Rosenberg discovered a possibility to run JavaScript with elevated privileges when the user asks to "Show" a blocked popup that contains a JavaScript URL.

* Finally, Georgi Guninski reported missing Install object instance checks in the native implementations of XPInstall-related JavaScript objects.

The following Firefox-specific vulnerabilities have also been discovered:

* Kohei Yoshino discovered a new way to abuse the sidebar panel to execute JavaScript with elevated privileges.

* Omar Khan reported that the Plugin Finder Service can be tricked to open javascript: URLs with elevated privileges.

Impact
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The various JavaScript execution with elevated privileges issues can be exploited by a remote attacker to install malicious code or steal data. The memory disclosure issue can be used to reveal potentially sensitive information. Finally, the cache pollution issue and search plugin abuse can be leveraged in cross-site-scripting attacks.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Mozilla Firefox users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=www-client/mozilla-firefox-1.0.3"

All Mozilla Firefox binary users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose
"gt;=www-client/mozilla-firefox-bin-1.0.3"

All Mozilla Suite users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=www-client/mozilla-1.7.7"

All Mozilla Suite binary users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=www-client/mozilla-bin-1.7.7"

References
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[ 1 ] Mozilla Security Advisories
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/known-vulnerabilities.html
[ 2 ] CAN-2005-0989
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0989

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200504-18.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0


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