Scientific Linux Security Update : firefox on SL5.x, SL6.x i386/x86_64

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 61322


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


Mozilla Firefox is an open source web browser. XULRunner provides the XUL Runtime environment for Mozilla Firefox.

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-2011-3101, CVE-2012-1937, CVE-2012-1938, CVE-2012-1939, CVE-2012-1940, CVE-2012-1941, CVE-2012-1946, CVE-2012-1947)

Note: CVE-2011-3101 only affected users of certain NVIDIA display drivers with graphics cards that have hardware acceleration enabled.

It was found that the Content Security Policy (CSP) implementation in Firefox no longer blocked Firefox inline event handlers. A remote attacker could use this flaw to possibly bypass a web application's intended restrictions, if that application relied on CSP to protect against flaws such as cross-site scripting (XSS). (CVE-2012-1944)

If a web server hosted HTML files that are stored on a Microsoft Windows share, or a Samba share, loading such files with Firefox could result in Windows shortcut files (.lnk) in the same share also being loaded. An attacker could use this flaw to view the contents of local files and directories on the victim's system. This issue also affected users opening HTML files from Microsoft Windows shares, or Samba shares, that are mounted on their systems. (CVE-2012-1945)

For technical details regarding these flaws, refer to the Mozilla security advisories for Firefox 10.0.5 ESR.

All Firefox users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain Firefox version 10.0.5 ESR, which corrects these issues. 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: 61322

File Name: sl_20120605_firefox_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.1 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2012/08/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2012/06/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-3101, CVE-2012-1940, CVE-2012-1944, CVE-2012-1945, CVE-2012-1946