USN-3477-1: Firefox vulnerabilities

16 November 2017

Firefox could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a malicious website.

Releases

Packages

  • firefox - Mozilla Open Source web browser

Details

Multiple security issues were discovered in Firefox. If a user were
tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could
potentially exploit these to cause a denial of service, read uninitialized
memory, obtain sensitive information, bypass same-origin restrictions,
bypass CSP protections, bypass mixed content blocking, spoof the
addressbar, or execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-7826, CVE-2017-7827,
CVE-2017-7828, CVE-2017-7830, CVE-2017-7831, CVE-2017-7832, CVE-2017-7833,
CVE-2017-7834, CVE-2017-7835, CVE-2017-7837, CVE-2017-7838, CVE-2017-7842)

It was discovered that javascript: URLs pasted in to the addressbar
would be executed instead of being blocked in some circumstances. If a
user were tricked in to copying a specially crafted URL in to the
addressbar, an attacker could potentially exploit this to conduct
cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. (CVE-2017-7839)

It was discovered that exported bookmarks do not strip script elements
from user-supplied tags. If a user were tricked in to adding specially
crafted tags to bookmarks, exporting them and then opening the resulting
HTML file, an attacker could potentially exploit this to conduct
cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. (CVE-2017-7840)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 17.10
Ubuntu 17.04
Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu 14.04

After a standard system update you need to restart Firefox to make
all the necessary changes.

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