USN-2917-2: Firefox regressions

7 April 2016

firefox regressions

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

USN-2917-1 introduced several regressions in Firefox.

Software Description

  • firefox - Mozilla Open Source web browser

Details

USN-2917-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Firefox. This update caused several regressions that could result in search engine settings being lost, the list of search providers appearing empty or the location bar breaking after typing an invalid URL. This update fixes the problem.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Original advisory details:

Francis Gabriel discovered a buffer overflow during ASN.1 decoding in NSS. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1950)

Bob Clary, Christoph Diehl, Christian Holler, Andrew McCreight, Daniel Holbert, Jesse Ruderman, Randell Jesup, Carsten Book, Gian-Carlo Pascutto, Tyson Smith, Andrea Marchesini, and Jukka Jylänki discovered multiple memory safety issues in Firefox. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit these to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1952, CVE-2016-1953)

Nicolas Golubovic discovered that CSP violation reports can be used to overwrite local files. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website with addon signing disabled and unpacked addons installed, an attacker could potentially exploit this to gain additional privileges. (CVE-2016-1954)

Muneaki Nishimura discovered that CSP violation reports contained full paths for cross-origin iframe navigations. An attacker could potentially exploit this to steal confidential data. (CVE-2016-1955)

Ucha Gobejishvili discovered that performing certain WebGL operations resulted in memory resource exhaustion with some Intel GPUs, requiring a reboot. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2016-1956)

Jose Martinez and Romina Santillan discovered a memory leak in libstagefright during MPEG4 video file processing in some circumstances. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via memory exhaustion. (CVE-2016-1957)

Abdulrahman Alqabandi discovered that the addressbar could be blank or filled with page defined content in some circumstances. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to conduct URL spoofing attacks. (CVE-2016-1958)

Looben Yang discovered an out-of-bounds read in Service Worker Manager. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1959)

A use-after-free was discovered in the HTML5 string parser. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1960)

A use-after-free was discovered in the SetBody function of HTMLDocument. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1961)

Dominique Hazaël-Massieux discovered a use-after-free when using multiple WebRTC data channels. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1962)

It was discovered that Firefox crashes when local files are modified whilst being read by the FileReader API. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1963)

Nicolas Grégoire discovered a use-after-free during XML transformations. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1964)

Tsubasa Iinuma discovered a mechanism to cause the addressbar to display an incorrect URL, using history navigations and the Location protocol property. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to conduct URL spoofing attacks. (CVE-2016-1965)

A memory corruption issues was discovered in the NPAPI subsystem. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website with a malicious plugin installed, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1966)

Jordi Chancel discovered a same-origin-policy bypass when using performance.getEntries and history navigation with session restore. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to steal confidential data. (CVE-2016-1967)

Luke Li discovered a buffer overflow during Brotli decompression in some circumstances. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1968)

Ronald Crane discovered a use-after-free in GetStaticInstance in WebRTC. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1973)

Ronald Crane discovered an out-of-bounds read following a failed allocation in the HTML parser in some circumstances. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1974)

Holger Fuhrmannek, Tyson Smith and Holger Fuhrmannek reported multiple memory safety issues in the Graphite 2 library. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit these to cause a denial of service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Firefox. (CVE-2016-1977, CVE-2016-2790, CVE-2016-2791, CVE-2016-2792, CVE-2016-2793, CVE-2016-2794, CVE-2016-2795, CVE-2016-2796, CVE-2016-2797, CVE-2016-2798, CVE-2016-2799, CVE-2016-2800, CVE-2016-2801, CVE-2016-2802)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 15.10
firefox - 45.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.15.10.2
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
firefox - 45.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.2
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
firefox - 45.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

After a standard system update you need to restart Firefox to make all the necessary changes.

References