Mozilla Firefox ESR < 91.6

critical Nessus Plugin ID 157445


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 91.6. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the mfsa2022-05 advisory.

- A Time-of-Check Time-of-Use bug existed in the Maintenance (Updater) Service that could be abused to grant Users write access to an arbitrary directory. This could have been used to escalate to SYSTEM access. This bug only affects Firefox on Windows. Other operating systems are unaffected. (CVE-2022-22753)

- If a user installed an extension of a particular type, the extension could have auto-updated itself and while doing so, bypass the prompt which grants the new version the new requested permissions.

- If a user was convinced to drag and drop an image to their desktop or other folder, the resulting object could have been changed into an executable script which would have run arbitrary code after the user clicked on it. (CVE-2022-22756)

- If a document created a sandboxed iframe without <code>allow-scripts</code>, and subsequently appended an element to the iframe's document that e.g. had a JavaScript event handler - the event handler would have run despite the iframe's sandbox. (CVE-2022-22759)

- When importing resources using Web Workers, error messages would distinguish the difference between <code>application/javascript</code> responses and non-script responses. This could have been abused to learn information cross-origin. (CVE-2022-22760)

- Web-accessible extension pages (pages with a moz-extension:// scheme) were not correctly enforcing the frame-ancestors directive when it was used in the Web Extension's Content Security Policy.

- When a worker is shutdown, it was possible to cause script to run late in the lifecycle, at a point after where it should not be possible. (CVE-2022-22763)

- Mozilla developers and community members Paul Adenot and the Mozilla Fuzzing Team reported memory safety bugs present in Firefox 96 and Firefox ESR 91.5. 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.

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 91.6 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 157445

File Name: macos_firefox_91_6_esr.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 2/8/2022

Updated: 11/13/2023

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2022-22764


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.6

Temporal Score: 8.6

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2022-22759

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: 2/8/2022

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/8/2022

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2022-22753, CVE-2022-22754, CVE-2022-22756, CVE-2022-22759, CVE-2022-22760, CVE-2022-22761, CVE-2022-22763, CVE-2022-22764

IAVA: 2022-A-0079-S