loadSubScript unwraps XPCNativeWrapper scope parameter

ID MFSA2011-43
Type mozilla
Reporter Mozilla Foundation
Modified 2011-09-27T00:00:00


David Rees reported that the JSSubScriptLoader (a feature used by some add-ons) was "unwrapping" XPCNativeWrappers when they were used as the scope parameter to loadSubScript(). Without the protection of the wrappers the add-on could be vulnerable to privilege escalation attacks from malicious web content. Whether any given add-on were vulnerable would depend on how the add-on used the feature and whether it interacted directly with web content, but we did find at least one vulnerable add-on and presume there are more.

The unwrapping behavior was a change introduced during Firefox 4 development. Firefox 3.6 and earlier versions are not affected.