Remote code execution in Mozilla Firefox

Published: 2010-10-27 | Updated: 2017-02-01
Severity Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2010-3765
CWE ID CWE-119
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software Mozilla Firefox Subscribe
SeaMonkey
Mozilla Thunderbird
Vendor Mozilla

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Heap-based buffer overflow

Severity: Critical

CVSSv3: 8.9 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:F/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2010-3765

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to boundary error within nsCSSFrameConstructor::ContentAppended. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted web page containing specially crafted document.write and appendChild calls, cause heap-based buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to compromise vulnerable system.

Note: this vulnerability is being actively exploited.

Mitigation

Install the following software versions:

  • Firefox 3.5.15
  • Firefox 3.6.12
  • SeaMonkey 2.0.10
  • Thunderbird 3.0.10
  • Thunderbird 3.1.6

Vulnerable software versions

Mozilla Firefox: 3.5, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, 3.5.3, 3.5.4, 3.5.5, 3.5.6, 3.5.7, 3.5.8, 3.5.9, 3.5.10, 3.5.11, 3.5.12, 3.5.13, 3.5.14, 3.6, 3.6.2, 3.6.3, 3.6.4, 3.6.6, 3.6.7, 3.6.8, 3.6.9, 3.6.10, 3.6.11

SeaMonkey: 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.0.2, 2.0.3, 2.0.4, 2.0.5, 2.0.6, 2.0.7, 2.0.8, 2.0.9

Mozilla Thunderbird: 3.0, 3.0.1, 3.0.2, 3.0.3, 3.0.4, 3.0.5, 3.0.6, 3.0.7, 3.0.8, 3.0.9, 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.5

CPE External links

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=607222
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2010-73/

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to trick the victim to visit a specially crafted website.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, a fully functional exploit for this vulnerability is available.