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Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2012-49

Same-compartment Security Wrappers can be bypassed

July 17, 2012
Bobby Holley
Firefox, Firefox ESR, SeaMonkey, Thunderbird, Thunderbird ESR
Fixed in
  • Firefox 14
  • Firefox ESR 10.0.6
  • SeaMonkey 2.11
  • Thunderbird 14
  • Thunderbird ESR 10.0.6


Mozilla developer Bobby Holley found that same-compartment security wrappers (SCSW) can be bypassed by passing them to another compartment. Cross-compartment wrappers often do not go through SCSW, but have a filtering policy built into them. When an object is wrapped cross-compartment, the SCSW is stripped off and, when the object is read read back, it is not known that SCSW was previously present, resulting in a bypassing of SCSW. This could result in untrusted content having access to the XBL that implements browser functionality.