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Mozilla products vulnerable to privilege escalation via a JavaScript watch() function

Vulnerability Note VU#263412

Original Release Date: 2007-01-18 | Last Revised: 2007-02-02

Overview

A vulnerability exists in Mozilla products that may allow a remote attacker to gain elevated privileges.

Description

Mozilla products contain a vulnerability in the way the JavaScript watch() function is handled that may result in privilege escalation. According to the Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2006-70:

Shutdown demonstrated that it was possible to use a JavaScript watch() to gain elevated privilege.

Impact

A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to gain elevated privileges.

Solution

Apply an update

According to the Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2006-70, this vulnerability is addressed in Firefox 2.0.0.1, Firefox 1.5.0.9, Thunderbird 1.5.0.9, and SeaMonkey 1.0.7.

Disable JavaScript


For instructions on how to disable JavaScript in Firefox, please refer to the Firefox section of the Securing Your Web Browser document.

Vendor Information

263412
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Fedora Project

Updated:  January 18, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Fedora has published advisories FEDORA-2006-004 and FEDORA-2006-1491 in response to this issue. Please refer to those advisories for additional details.

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Gentoo Linux

Updated:  January 18, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Gentoo Linux has published advisories GLSA 200701-02, 200701-03, and 200701-04 in response to this issue. Please refer to those advisories for additional details.

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Mandriva, Inc.

Updated:  January 18, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Mandriva has published advisories MDKSA-2007:010, and MDKSA-2007:011 in response to this issue. Please refer to those advisories for additional details.

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Mozilla

Updated:  December 21, 2006

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Refer to Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2006-70.

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Red Hat, Inc.

Updated:  January 18, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Red Hat has published advisories RSHA-2006-758, RHSA-2006-759, and RHSA-2006-0760 in response to this issue. Please refer to those advisories for additional details.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

SUSE Linux

Updated:  January 18, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Refer to SUSE-SA:2007:006.

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Slackware Linux Inc.

Updated:  January 18, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Refer to SSA:2006-357-01.

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Ubuntu

Updated:  January 18, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Ubuntu has published advisories USN-398-1, USN-398-2, and USN-400-1 in response to this issue. Please refer to those advisories for additional details.

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rPath

Updated:  January 18, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Refer to rPath Security Advisory 2006-0234-1.

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CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Acknowledgements

This issue was reported in Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2006-70 . Mozilla credits shutdown with providing information about this issue.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-6501
Severity Metric: 24.30
Date Public: 2006-12-19
Date First Published: 2007-01-18
Date Last Updated: 2007-02-02 16:45 UTC
Document Revision: 21

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