Multiple Vulnerabilities in Mozilla Firefox Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution

ITS Advisory Number: 
2019-128
Date(s) Issued: 
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Subject: 
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Mozilla Firefox Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution
Overview: 

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Mozilla Firefox and Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR), the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. Mozilla Firefox is a web browser used to access the Internet. Mozilla Firefox ESR is a version of the web browser intended to be deployed in large organizations. Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow for arbitrary code execution. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

 

THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

There are currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.

Systems Affected: 
  • Firefox versions prior to 71
  • Firefox ESR versions prior to 68.3
RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
Medium
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
Medium
Home Users: 
Low
Description: 

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Mozilla Firefox and Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR), the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. Details of the vulnerabilities are as follows:

  • Heap buffer overflow in FEC processing in WebRTC (CVE-2018-6156)
  • Out of bounds write in NSS when encrypting with a block cipher (CVE-2019-11745)
  • Use-after-free of SFTKSession Object (CVE-2019-11756)
  • Stack corruption due to incorrect number of arguments in WebRTC code (CVE-2019-13722)
  • Buffer overflow in plain text serializer (CVE-2019-17005)
  • Use-after-free in worker destruction (CVE-2019-17008)
  • Updater temporary files accessible to unprivileged processes (CVE-2019-17009)
  • Use-after-free when performing device orientation checks (CVE-2019-17010)
  • Use-after-free when retrieving a document in antitracking (CVE-2019-17011)
  • Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 71 and Firefox ESR 68.3 (CVE-2019-17012)
  • Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 71 (CVE-2019-17013)
  • Dragging and dropping a cross-origin resource, incorrectly loaded as an image, could result in information disclosure (CVE-2019-17014)

Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow for arbitrary code execution. Depending on the privileges associated with the user an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

Actions: 
  • After appropriate testing, immediately apply appropriate updates provided by Mozilla to vulnerable systems.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from un-trusted sources.
  • Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.