USN-3609-1: Firefox vulnerability

27 March 2018

firefox vulnerability

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

A use-after-free was discovered in Firefox. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.10
firefox - 59.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.17.10.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
firefox - 59.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
firefox - 59.0.2+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1

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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