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Vulnerability Was Discovered in Mozilla Firefox - A security flaw that allows a malicious site to execute arbitrary code on a user's system has been discovered in Mozilla Firefox.
Vulnerability Was Discovered in Mozilla Firefox

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Mountain View, CA, United States, 2005/05/09 - A security flaw that allows a malicious site to execute arbitrary code on a user's system has been discovered in Mozilla Firefox..

   
 
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A security flaw that allows a malicious site to execute arbitrary code on a user's system has been discovered in Mozilla Firefox. Secunia has probably the one of the more accurate and concise write-ups of the code execution vulnerability. It appears to be the first "Extremely critical" Firefox flaw logged by Secunia.

The advisory explains that a successful attack involves exploiting two flaws: one involves tricking Firefox into thinking a software installation is being triggered by a whitelisted site, while the other relies on the software installation trigger not sufficiently checking icon URLs containing JavaScript code. The Secunia advisory suggests disabling JavaScript as a workaround; however, simply disabling software installation (Web Features panel of the Options/Preferences window in Firefox 1.0.3 or the Content panel in the latest trunk builds) eliminates the problem. We understand that a change made to Mozilla Update has made the vulnerability effectively unexploitable if you only have update.mozilla.org and addons.mozilla.org in your software installation whitelist (accessible from the Web Features or Content panel in the Options/Preferences window), which is the default setting.

Update: The Mozilla Foundation has posted a Security Alert. It reads: "The Mozilla Foundation is aware of two potentially critical Firefox security vulnerabilities as reported publicly Saturday, May 7th. There are currently no known active exploits of these vulnerabilities although a 'proof of concept' has been reported. Changes to the Mozilla Update web service have been made to mitigate the risk of an exploit. Mozilla is aggressively working to provide a more comprehensive solution to these potential vulnerabilities and will provide that solution in a forthcoming security update. Users can further protect themselves today by temporarily disabling JavaScript."

About the Mozilla Foundation:

Established in July 2003, the Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization hosting a collection of leading innovators whose mission is to preserve choice and innovation on the Internet. The Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for the Mozilla open source software project. The Foundation is based in Mountain View, California.

 
 
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