Mozilla nsNNTPProtocol.cpp NNTP news:// URI Handling Overflow DoS

High Nessus Plugin ID 16085


A web browser on the remote host is prone to a heap overflow attack.


The remote version of Mozilla is vulnerable to a heap overflow attack against its NNTP functionality.

This may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the remote host.

To exploit this flaw, an attacker would need to set up a rogue news site and lure a victim on the remote host into reading news from it.


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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 16085

File Name: mozilla_nntp_heap_overflow.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.22 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2005/01/02

Modified: 2017/06/09

Dependencies: 20862

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:mozilla:mozilla, cpe:/a:mozilla:thunderbird

Required KB Items: Mozilla/Version

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2004/12/24

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/12/29

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-1316

BID: 12131, 12407

OSVDB: 12637