Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 : firefox vulnerabilities (USN-3140-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 95425


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


It was discovered that data: URLs can inherit the wrong origin after a HTTP redirect in some circumstances. An attacker could potentially exploit this to bypass same-origin restrictions. (CVE-2016-9078)

A use-after-free was discovered in SVG animations. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-9079).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected firefox package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 95425

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3140-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.8 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/12/01

Modified: 2017/01/24

Dependencies: 12634

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:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:firefox, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/11/30

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Metasploit (Firefox nsSMILTimeContainer::NotifyTimeChange() RCE)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-9078, CVE-2016-9079

OSVDB: 147919, 147993

USN: 3140-1