Mozilla

Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2006-14

Privilege escalation via XBL.method.eval

Announced
April 13, 2006
Reporter
shutdown
Impact
Critical
Products
Firefox, Mozilla Suite, SeaMonkey, Thunderbird
Fixed in
  • Firefox 1.0.8
  • Firefox 1.5
  • Mozilla Suite 1.7.13
  • SeaMonkey 1
  • Thunderbird 1.0.8
  • Thunderbird 1.5

Description

Using the eval associated with methods of an XBL binding it was possible to create JavaScript functions that would get compiled with the wrong privileges, allowing the attacker to run code of their choice with the full permission of the user running the browser. This could be used to install spyware or viruses.

Thunderbird shares the JavaScript engine with Firefox and could be vulnerable if JavaScript were to be enabled in mail. This is not the default setting and we strongly discourage users from running JavaScript in mail.

Workaround

Disable JavaScript until you can upgrade to a fixed version.

References

Exploit code and details embargoed during the active update period.