VDB-10052 · OSVDB 96491

Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird prior 23.0 on Windows Path UninstallString privileges management

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A vulnerability was found in Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird on Windows (Web Browser). It has been rated as problematic. Affected by this issue is an unknown function of the component Path Handler. The manipulation of the argument UninstallString with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-269. Impacted is confidentiality, and integrity.

The weakness was disclosed 08/28/2012 by Stefan Kanthak as CVE request for Mozilla Firefox (Windows) as not defined mailinglist post (oss-sec). The advisory is shared for download at seclists.org. The public release happened without coordination with the vendor. The attack may be launched remotely. The successful exploitation requires a simple authentication. Technical details as well as a public exploit are known.

After immediately, there has been an exploit disclosed. It is declared as proof-of-concept. As 0-day the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The real existence of this vulnerability is still doubted at the moment.

Upgrading to version 23.0 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 2 years after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

bugzilla.mozilla.org is providing further details.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.4
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 4.7

VulDB Base Score: 5.4
VulDB Temp Score: 4.7
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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Firefox/Thunderbird 23.0


08/28/2012 🔍
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08/06/2013 +343 days 🔍
08/28/2013 +22 days 🔍
03/21/2019 +2031 days 🔍


Vendor: https://www.mozilla.org/

Advisory: CVE request for Mozilla Firefox (Windows)
Researcher: Stefan Kanthak
Status: Not defined
Disputed: 🔍
OSVDB: 96491

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20161013
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Created: 08/28/2013 11:16 AM
Updated: 03/21/2019 02:36 PM
Changes: (2) software_type vulnerability_cwe
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