RHEL 5 : firefox (RHSA-2010:0501)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 47119



The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated firefox packages that address several security issues, fix bugs, add numerous enhancements, and upgrade Firefox to version 3.6.4, are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having critical security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

[Updated 25 June 2010] The original packages distributed with this erratum had a bug which could cause unintended dependencies to be installed when upgrading. We have updated the packages to correct this bug.

Mozilla Firefox is an open source web browser.

Several flaws were found in the processing of malformed web content. A web page containing malicious content could cause Firefox to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Firefox. (CVE-2010-1121, CVE-2010-1200, CVE-2010-1202, CVE-2010-1203)

A flaw was found in the way browser plug-ins interact. It was possible for a plug-in to reference the freed memory from a different plug-in, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Firefox. (CVE-2010-1198)

Several integer overflow flaws were found in the processing of malformed web content. A web page containing malicious content could cause Firefox to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Firefox. (CVE-2010-1196, CVE-2010-1199)

A focus stealing flaw was found in the way Firefox handled focus changes. A malicious website could use this flaw to steal sensitive data from a user, such as usernames and passwords. (CVE-2010-1125)

A flaw was found in the way Firefox handled the 'Content-Disposition:
attachment' HTTP header when the 'Content-Type: multipart' HTTP header was also present. A website that allows arbitrary uploads and relies on the 'Content-Disposition: attachment' HTTP header to prevent content from being displayed inline, could be used by an attacker to serve malicious content to users. (CVE-2010-1197)

A flaw was found in the Firefox Math.random() function. This function could be used to identify a browsing session and track a user across different websites. (CVE-2008-5913)

A flaw was found in the Firefox XML document loading security checks.
Certain security checks were not being called when an XML document was loaded. This could possibly be leveraged later by an attacker to load certain resources that violate the security policies of the browser or its add-ons. Note that this issue cannot be exploited by only loading an XML document. (CVE-2010-0182)

For technical details regarding these flaws, refer to the Mozilla security advisories for Firefox 3.6.4. You can find a link to the Mozilla advisories in the References section of this erratum.

This erratum upgrades Firefox from version 3.0.19 to version 3.6.4.
Due to the requirements of Firefox 3.6.4, this erratum also provides a number of other updated packages, including esc, totem, and yelp.

This erratum also contains multiple bug fixes and numerous enhancements. Space precludes documenting these changes in this advisory. For details concerning these changes, refer to the Firefox Release Notes links in the References section of this erratum.

Important: Firefox 3.6.4 is not completely backwards-compatible with all Mozilla Add-ons and Firefox plug-ins that worked with Firefox 3.0.19. Firefox 3.6 checks compatibility on first-launch, and, depending on the individual configuration and the installed Add-ons and plug-ins, may disable said Add-ons and plug-ins, or attempt to check for updates and upgrade them. Add-ons and plug-ins may have to be manually updated.

All Firefox users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain Firefox version 3.6.4. After installing the update, Firefox must be restarted for the changes to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 47119

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2010-0501.nasl

Version: 1.25

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 6/23/2010

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:devhelp, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:devhelp-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:esc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:firefox, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnome-python2-extras, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnome-python2-gtkhtml2, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnome-python2-gtkmozembed, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnome-python2-gtkspell, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gnome-python2-libegg, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:totem, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:totem-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:totem-mozplugin, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xulrunner, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xulrunner-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:yelp, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/25/2010

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/20/2009

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5913, CVE-2009-5017, CVE-2010-0182, CVE-2010-0183, CVE-2010-1028, CVE-2010-1121, CVE-2010-1125, CVE-2010-1196, CVE-2010-1197, CVE-2010-1198, CVE-2010-1199, CVE-2010-1200, CVE-2010-1201, CVE-2010-1202, CVE-2010-1203, CVE-2010-3171

RHSA: 2010:0501