USN-2917-3: Firefox regressions

19 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 web compatibility regressions.

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 - 45.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.15.10.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
firefox - 45.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
firefox - 45.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1

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