Several problems have been discovered in Mozilla, the web browser of the Mozilla suite. Since the usual praxis of backporting apparently does not work for this package, this update is basically version 1.7.10 with the version number rolled back, and hence still named 1.7.8. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems:
The browser user interface does not properly distinguish between user-generated events and untrusted synthetic events, which makes it easier for remote attackers to perform dangerous actions that normally could only be performed manually by the user.
It is possible for a remote attacker to execute a callback function in the context of another domain (i.e. frame).
Missing input sanitising of InstallVersion.compareTo() can cause the application to crash.
Remote attackers could steal sensitive information such as cookies and passwords from web sites by accessing data in alien frames.
Remote attackers could modify certain tag properties of DOM nodes that could lead to the execution of arbitrary script or code.
The Mozilla browser family does not properly clone base objects, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code.
For the stable distribution (sarge) these problems have been fixed in version 1.7.8-1sarge2.
For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems have been fixed in version 1.7.10-1.
We recommend that you upgrade your Mozilla packages.