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Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2012-67

Installer will launch incorrect executable following new installation

Announced
August 28, 2012
Reporter
Masato Kinugawa
Impact
Moderate
Products
Firefox, Firefox ESR, SeaMonkey, Thunderbird, Thunderbird ESR
Fixed in
  • Firefox 15
  • Firefox ESR 10.0.7
  • SeaMonkey 2.13.2
  • Thunderbird 16.0.2
  • Thunderbird ESR 10.0.10

Description

Security researcher Masato Kinugawa reported that if a crafted executable is placed in the root partition on a Windows file system, the Firefox and Thunderbird installer will launch this program after a standard installation instead of Firefox or Thunderbird, running this program with the user's privileges.

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