Memory corruption with malicious NPAPI plugin

2016-03-08T00:00:00
ID MFSA2016-31
Type mozilla
Reporter Mozilla Foundation
Modified 2016-03-08T00:00:00

Description

The CESG, the Information Security Arm of GCHQ, reported a dangling pointer dereference within the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) that could lead to the NPAPI subsystem crashing. This issue requires a maliciously crafted NPAPI plugin in concert with scripted web content, resulting in a potentially exploitable crash when triggered.

In general this flaw cannot be exploited through email in the Thunderbird product because scripting is disabled, but is potentially a risk in browser or browser-like contexts.