A vulnerability in Mozilla Firefox may allow a remote attacker to install malicious code on or read protected information from a vulnerable system.
The Firefox web browser features the ability to open a hyperlink in the "search" web panel. Firefox fails to perform adequate security checks on links opened in the web panel. According to the Mozilla advisory on this issue:
Updated versions of the Firefox browser disallow
data: URIs from being opened in the search Web panel. They also perform an additional security check to prevent privileged pages, such as
about:plugins, from being opened in the search Web panel.
A remote attacker may be able to install malicious code on or read protected information from a vulnerable system.
The Mozilla Software Foundation has published Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2005-39 in response to this issue. Users are encouraged to review this advisory and upgrade to the versions of the affected software it refers to.
Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
Mozilla, Inc.| | -| 22 Dec 2005
Red Hat, Inc.| | -| 22 Dec 2005
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.
Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | N/A | N/A
Thanks to the Mozilla Foundation for reporting this vulnerability. The Mozilla Foundation, in turn, credits Kohei Yoshino with reporting this issue to them.
This document was written by Chad Dougherty and Will Dormann based on information provided by the Mozilla Foundation.