Mozilla Firefox ESR < 60.7

critical Nessus Plugin ID 125362


A web browser installed on the remote macOS or Mac OS X host is affected by multiple vulnerabilities.


The version of Firefox ESR installed on the remote macOS or Mac OS X host is prior to 60.7. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the mfsa2019-14 advisory.

- If hyperthreading is not disabled, a timing attack vulnerability exists, similar to previous Spectre attacks. Apple has shipped macOS 10.14.5 with an option to disable hyperthreading in applications running untrusted code in a thread through a new sysctl. Firefox now makes use of it on the main thread and any worker threads. Note: users need to update to macOS 10.14.5 in order to take advantage of this change.

- A possible vulnerability exists where type confusion can occur when manipulating JavaScript objects in object groups, allowing for the bypassing of security checks within these groups. Note: this vulnerability has only been demonstrated with UnboxedObjects, which are disabled by default on all supported releases.

- Images from a different domain can be read using a canvas object in some circumstances. This could be used to steal image data from a different site in violation of same-origin policy. (CVE-2019-9817)

- A race condition is present in the crash generation server used to generate data for the crash reporter.
This issue can lead to a use-after-free in the main process, resulting in a potentially exploitable crash and a sandbox escape. Note: this vulnerability only affects Windows. Other operating systems are unaffected.

- A vulnerability where a JavaScript compartment mismatch can occur while working with the fetch API, resulting in a potentially exploitable crash.

- A use-after-free vulnerability can occur in the chrome event handler when it is freed while still in use. This results in a potentially exploitable crash.

- A use-after-free vulnerability can occur when working with XMLHttpRequest (XHR) in an event loop, causing the XHR main thread to be called after it has been freed. This results in a potentially exploitable crash. (CVE-2019-11691)

- A use-after-free vulnerability can occur when listeners are removed from the event listener manager while still in use, resulting in a potentially exploitable crash.

- The bufferdata function in WebGL is vulnerable to a buffer overflow with specific graphics drivers on Linux. This could result in malicious content freezing a tab or triggering a potentially exploitable crash. Note: this issue only occurs on Linux. Other operating systems are unaffected. (CVE-2019-11693)

- A use-after-free vulnerability was discovered in the pngimagefree function in the libpng library. This could lead to denial of service or a potentially exploitable crash when a malformed image is processed. (CVE-2019-7317)

- Cross-origin images can be read in violation of the same-origin policy by exporting an image after using createImageBitmap to read the image and then rendering the resulting bitmap image within a canvas element. (CVE-2019-9797)

- Cross-origin images can be read from a canvas element in violation of the same- origin policy using the transferFromImageBitmap method.

- A vulnerability exists in the Windows sandbox where an uninitialized value in memory can be leaked to a renderer from a broker when making a call to access an otherwise unavailable file. This results in the potential leaking of information stored at that memory location. Note: this issue only occurs on Windows.
Other operating systems are unaffected. (CVE-2019-11694)

- If a crafted hyperlink is dragged and dropped to the bookmark bar or sidebar and the resulting bookmark is subsequently dragged and dropped into the web content area, an arbitrary query of a user's browser history can be run and transmitted to the content page via drop event data. This allows for the theft of browser history by a malicious site. (CVE-2019-11698)

- An out-of-bounds read can occur in the Skia library during path transformations. This could result in the exposure of data stored in memory. (CVE-2019-5798)

- Mozilla developers and community members Olli Pettay, Bogdan Tara, Jan de Mooij, Jason Kratzer, Jan Varga, Gary Kwong, Tim Guan-tin Chien, Tyson Smith, Ronald Crane, and Ted Campbell reported memory safety bugs present in Firefox 66 and Firefox ESR 60.6. Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption and we presume that with enough effort that some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code. (CVE-2019-9800)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to Mozilla Firefox ESR version 60.7 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 125362

File Name: macos_firefox_60_7_esr.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 5/23/2019

Updated: 12/5/2022

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.5


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-9820


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:mozilla:firefox_esr

Required KB Items: MacOSX/Firefox/Version

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/21/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/4/2019

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-18511, CVE-2019-11691, CVE-2019-11692, CVE-2019-11693, CVE-2019-11694, CVE-2019-11698, CVE-2019-5798, CVE-2019-7317, CVE-2019-9797, CVE-2019-9800, CVE-2019-9815, CVE-2019-9816, CVE-2019-9817, CVE-2019-9818, CVE-2019-9819, CVE-2019-9820

BID: 107009, 107363, 107486, 108098, 108418

MFSA: 2019-14