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Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2013-05

Title: Use-after-free when displaying table with many columns and column groups
Impact: Critical
Announced: January 8, 2013
Reporter: Atte Kettunen
Products: Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey

Fixed in: Firefox 18.0
  Firefox ESR 10.0.12
  Firefox ESR 17.0.2
  Thunderbird 17.0.2
  Thunderbird ESR 10.0.12
  Thunderbird ESR 17.0.2
  SeaMonkey 2.15


Using the Address Sanitizer tool, security researcher Atte Kettunen from OUSPG discovered that the combination of large numbers of columns and column groups in a table could cause the array containing the columns during rendering to overwrite itself. This can lead to a user-after-free causing a potentially exploitable crash.

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.