Mozilla Firefox ESR < 68.4 Multiple Vulnerabilities

medium Nessus Plugin ID 132710
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VPR Score: 6.7


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 68.4. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the mfsa2020-02 advisory.

- When pasting a <style> tag from the clipboard into a rich text editor, the CSS sanitizer incorrectly rewrites a @namespace rule. This could allow for injection into certain types of websites resulting in data exfiltration. (CVE-2019-17016)

- Due to a missing case handling object types, a type confusion vulnerability could occur, resulting in a crash. We presume that with enough effort that it could be exploited to run arbitrary code. (CVE-2019-17017)

- When pasting a <style> tag from the clipboard into a rich text editor, the CSS sanitizer does not escape < and > characters. Because the resulting string is pasted directly into the text node of the element this does not result in a direct injection into the webpage; however, if a webpage subsequently copies the node's innerHTML, assigning it to another innerHTML, this would result in an XSS vulnerability. Two WYSIWYG editors were identified with this behavior, more may exist. (CVE-2019-17022)

- Mozilla developers Jason Kratzer, Christian Holler, and Bob Clary reported memory safety bugs present in Firefox 71 and Firefox ESR 68.3. Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption and we presume that with enough effort some of these could have been exploited to run arbitrary code. (CVE-2019-17024)

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 68.4 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 132710

File Name: macos_firefox_68_4_esr.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 1/8/2020

Updated: 2/14/2020

Dependencies: 55417

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 6.7

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-17024

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:mozilla:firefox_esr

Required KB Items: MacOSX/Firefox/Version

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/7/2020

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/7/2020

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2019-17016, CVE-2019-17017, CVE-2019-17022, CVE-2019-17024

MFSA: 2020-02