ZDI-12-128 : Mozilla Firefox nsHTMLSelectElement Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2012-08-13T00:00:00



ZDI-12-128 : Mozilla Firefox nsHTMLSelectElement Remote Code Execution Vulnerability http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-12-128 August 3, 2012

  • -- CVE ID: CVE-2011-3671

  • -- 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 exists within nsINode::ReplaceOrInsertBefore() in content/base/src/nsGenericElement.cpp. A use-after-free condition can be triggered by adding an already parented option element to an option collection and then removing its associated select element during an event handler execution. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability will lead to code execution in the context of the browser.

  • -- Vendor Response: Mozilla has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:


  • -- Disclosure Timeline: 2011-12-07 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2012-08-03 - Coordinated public release of advisory

  • -- Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by:

  • regenrecht

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