ZDI-11-271: Mozilla Firefox appendChild DOM Tree Inconsistency Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2011-08-18T00:00:00


ZDI-11-271: Mozilla Firefox appendChild DOM Tree Inconsistency Remote Code Execution Vulnerability


August 17, 2011

-- CVE ID: CVE-2011-2378

-- CVSS: 7.5, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

-- Affected Vendors: Mozilla

-- Affected Products: Mozilla Firefox

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-- Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Mozilla Firefox. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw results when .setUserData() handlers are used with an object and .appendChild() is called within a handler. Ultimately the import operation resulting from an .appendChild() is not guarded from mutation, and invalid DOM trees can result. Invalid DOM trees can be navigated resulting in dereferencing invalid pointers which can be leveraged to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser.

-- Vendor Response: Mozilla has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at: http://www.mozilla.org/security/announce/2011/mfsa2011-30.html#cve-2011-2378

-- Disclosure Timeline: 2011-04-04 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2011-08-17 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by: * regenrecht

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