Vulnerability Note VU#932734

Mozilla crypto.generateCRMFRequest() vulnerability

Original Release date: 17 Apr 2006 | Last revised: 02 Feb 2007


A vulnerability exists in the Mozilla JavaScript routine generateCRMFRequest() that may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.


The crypto object and generateCRMFRequest()

The crypto object is used to provide services related to cryptography, such as handling digital certificates. The generateCRMFRequest() routine is used to generate keys for digital certificates.

The Problem

There is an unspecified vulnerability in the way the crypto object handles the generateCRMFRequest() routine. If an attacker can persuade a user to access a specially crafted web page, that attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.

Note that JavaScript must be enabled in order for this vulnerability to exist. JavaScript is enabled by default in the Firefox and Mozilla web browsers, but not in the Mozilla's mail client or Thunderbird. Exploitation can occur by accessing a specially crafted web page with Firefox. If JavaScript is enabled within Mozilla's mail client or Thunderbird, then this issue may be exploitable by opening a specially crafted email.


A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the compromised user.


Refer to Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2006-24 for fixed versions of Mozilla products.

Disable JavaScript

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

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Mozilla, Inc.Affected-17 Apr 2006
Red Hat, Inc.Affected-15 Jun 2006
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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This vulnerability was reported in Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2006-24. Mozilla credits shutdown with providing information regarding this issue.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-1728
  • Date Public: 13 Apr 2006
  • Date First Published: 17 Apr 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 02 Feb 2007
  • Severity Metric: 20.45
  • Document Revision: 25


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