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Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2009-03

Title: Local file stealing with SessionStore
Impact: High
Announced: February 3, 2009
Reporter: moz_bug_r_a4
Products: Firefox

Fixed in: Firefox 3.0.6


Mozilla security researcher moz_bug_r_a4 reported that a form input control's type could be changed during the restoration of a closed tab. An attacker could set an input control's text value to the path of a local file whose location was known to the attacker. If the tab was then closed and the victim persuaded to re-open it, upon restoring the tab the attacker could use this vulnerability to change the input type to file. Scripts in the page could then automatically submit the form and steal the contents of the user's local file.