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Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2012-79

Title: DOS and crash with full screen and history navigation
Impact: Critical
Announced: October 9, 2012
Reporter: Soroush Dalili
Products: Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey

Fixed in: Firefox 16
  Firefox ESR 10.0.8
  Thunderbird 16
  Thunderbird ESR 10.0.8
  SeaMonkey 2.13

Description

Security researcher Soroush Dalili reported that a combination of invoking full screen mode and navigating backwards in history could, in some circumstances, cause a hang or crash due to a timing dependent use-after-free pointer reference. This crash may be potentially exploitable.

In general these flaws cannot be exploited through email in the Thunderbird and SeaMonkey products because scripting is disabled, but are potentially a risk in browser or browser-like contexts in those products.

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