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Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2012-27

Page load short-circuit can lead to XSS

April 24, 2012
Jordi Chancel, Eddy Bordi, Chris McGowen
Firefox, Firefox ESR, SeaMonkey, Thunderbird, Thunderbird ESR
Fixed in
  • Firefox 12
  • Firefox ESR 10.0.4
  • SeaMonkey 2.9
  • Thunderbird 12
  • Thunderbird ESR 10.0.4


Security researchers Jordi Chancel and Eddy Bordi reported that they could short-circuit page loads to show the address of a different site than what is loaded in the window in the addressbar. Security researcher Chris McGowen independently reported the same flaw, and further demonstrated that this could lead to loading scripts from the attacker's site, leaving users vulnerable to cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.