Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : mozilla (MDKSA-2005:128)
High Nessus Plugin ID 19888
SynopsisThe remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionA number of vulnerabilities were reported and fixed in Mozilla 1.7.9.
The following vulnerabilities have been backported and patched for this update :
In several places the browser UI did not correctly distinguish between true user events, such as mouse clicks or keystrokes, and synthetic events genenerated by web content. The problems ranged from minor annoyances like switching tabs or entering full-screen mode, to a variant on MFSA 2005-34 Synthetic events are now prevented from reaching the browser UI entirely rather than depend on each potentially spoofed function to protect itself from untrusted events (MFSA 2005-45).
The InstallTrigger.install() method for launching an install accepts a callback function that will be called with the final success or error status. By forcing a page navigation immediately after calling the install method this callback function can end up running in the context of the new page selected by the attacker. This is true even if the user cancels the unwanted install dialog: cancel is an error status. This callback script can steal data from the new page such as cookies or passwords, or perform actions on the user's behalf such as make a purchase if the user is already logged into the target site. In Firefox the default settings allow only http://addons.mozilla.org to bring up this install dialog. This could only be exploited if users have added questionable sites to the install whitelist, and if a malicious site can convince you to install from their site that's a much more powerful attack vector. In the Mozilla Suite the whitelist feature is turned off by default, any site can prompt the user to install software and exploit this vulnerability. The browser has been fixed to clear any pending callback function when switching to a new site (MFSA 2005-48).
The original frame-injection spoofing bug was fixed in the Mozilla Suite 1.7 and Firefox 0.9 releases. This protection was accidentally bypassed by one of the fixes in the Firefox 1.0.3 and Mozilla Suite 1.7.7 releases (MFSA 2005-51).
A child frame can call top.focus() even if the framing page comes from a different origin and has overridden the focus() routine. The call is made in the context of the child frame. The attacker would look for a target site with a framed page that makes this call but doesn't verify that its parent comes from the same site. The attacker could steal cookies and passwords from the framed page, or take actions on behalf of a signed-in user. This attack would work only against sites that use frames in this manner (MFSA 2005-52).
Parts of the browser UI relied too much on DOM node names without taking different namespaces into account and verifying that nodes really were of the expected type. An XHTML document could be used to create fake <IMG> elements, for example, with content-defined properties that the browser would access as if they were the trusted built-in properties of the expected HTML elements. The severity of the vulnerability would depend on what the attacker could convince the victim to do, but could result in executing user-supplied script with elevated 'chrome' privileges. This could be used to install malicious software on the victim's machine (MFSA 2005-55).
Improper cloning of base objects allowed web content scripts to walk up the prototype chain to get to a privileged object. This could be used to execute code with enhanced privileges (MFSA 2005-56).
The updated packages have been patched to address these issue. This update also brings the mozilla shipped in Mandriva Linux 10.1 to version 1.7.8 to ease maintenance. As a result, new galeon and epiphany packages are also available for 10.1, and community contribs packages that are built against mozilla have been rebuilt and are also available via contribs.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.