USN-3596-1: Firefox vulnerabilities

14 March 2018

firefox vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 17.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Summary

Firefox could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a malicious website.

Software Description

  • firefox - Mozilla Open Source web browser

Details

Multiple security issues were discovered 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 opening new tabs, escape the sandbox, bypass same-origin restrictions, obtain sensitive information, confuse the user with misleading permission requests, or execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2018-5125, CVE-2018-5126, CVE-2018-5127, CVE-2018-5128, CVE-2018-5129, CVE-2018-5130, CVE-2018-5136, CVE-2018-5137, CVE-2018-5140, CVE-2018-5141, CVE-2018-5142)

It was discovered that the fetch() API could incorrectly return cached copies of no-store/no-cache resources in some circumstances. A local attacker could potentially exploit this to obtain sensitive information in environments where multiple users share a common profile. (CVE-2018-5131)

Multiple security issues were discovered with WebExtensions. If a user were tricked in to installing a specially crafted extension, an attacker could potentially exploit these to obtain sensitive information or bypass security restrictions. (CVE-2018-5132, CVE-2018-5134, CVE-2018-5135)

It was discovered that the value of app.support.baseURL is not sanitized properly. If a malicious local application were to set this to a specially crafted value, an attacker could potentially exploit this to execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2018-5133)

It was discovered that javascript: URLs with embedded tab characters could be pasted in to the addressbar. If a user were tricked in to copying a specially crafted URL in to the addressbar, an attacker could exploit this to conduct cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. (CVE-2018-5143)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.10
firefox - 59.0+build5-0ubuntu0.17.10.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
firefox - 59.0+build5-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
firefox - 59.0+build5-0ubuntu0.14.04.1

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.

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