Mozilla Firefox XUL persist attribute weak security

firefox-xul-weak-security (47411) The risk level is classified as LowLow Risk

Description:

Mozilla Firefox could provide weaker than expected security, caused by an error when processing the "persist" XUL attribute. By persuading a victim to visit a specially-crafted Web site, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to bypass the cookie settings on the victim's machine and track a user in subsequent browsing sessions.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 4.3
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: None
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: None
 
Temporal Score: 3.2
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed

Consequences:

Other

Remedy:

Refer to MFSA 2008-63 for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See References.

For other distributions:
Apply the appropriate update for your system. See References.

References:

  • MFSA 2008-63: User tracking via XUL persist attribute.
  • NORTEL BULLETIN ID: 2009009505, Rev 1: Nortel Response to Sun Alert 256408 - Solaris 10 - Vulnerabilities in Firefox May Allow Execution of Arbitrary Code.
  • Sun Alert ID: 256408: Multiple Security Vulnerabilities in Firefox Versions Before 2.0.0.19 May Allow Execution of Arbitrary Code or Access to Unauthorized Data.
  • ASA-2008-506: firefox security update (RHSA-2008-1036)
  • ASA-2009-158: Multiple Security Vulnerabilities in Firefox Versions Before 2.0.0.19 May Allow Execution of Arbitrary Code or Access to unauthorized Data (Sun 256408)
  • BID-32882: Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird/SeaMonkey Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities
  • CVE-2008-5505: Mozilla Firefox 3.x before 3.0.5 allows remote attackers to bypass intended privacy restrictions by using the persist attribute in an XUL element to create and access data entities that are similar to cookies.
  • MDVSA-2008:245: firefox
  • RHSA-2008-1036: Critical: firefox security update
  • SA33203: Mozilla Firefox 3 Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SA34501: Sun Solaris Firefox Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1021428: Mozilla Firefox XUL Elements Let Remote Users Store Cookie-Like Information
  • SUSE-SA:2008:058: Mozilla Firefox security update
  • SUSE-SA:2009:002: Mozilla browser security problems
  • USN-690-1: Firefox and xulrunner vulnerabilities

Platforms Affected:

  • Canonical Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Canonical Ubuntu 8.10
  • Mandriva Linux 2009.0 X86_64
  • Mandriva Linux 2009.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Beta5
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Beta4
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Beta3
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Beta2
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Beta1
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Alpha
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0.2
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0.3
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0.4
  • Novell Linux Desktop 9
  • Novell Linux POS 9
  • Novell Open Enterprise Server
  • Novell OpenSUSE 10.3
  • Novell OpenSUSE 11.0
  • Novell SLE SDK 10 SP2
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP2 DEBUGINFO
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP2
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 Desktop
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 ES
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4.7.z AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 Client
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 Client Workstation
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 5
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.2.z EUS
  • RedHat Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.7.z ES
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 9.0
  • SuSE SuSE SLES 9

Reported:

Dec 16, 2008

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