Mozilla has updated its flagship Firefox browser to version 184.108.40.206 with at least nine security issues fixed.
Among them is one for an issue that was trigged when user also had
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer installed as well. Remote code execution by
launching Firefox from Internet Explorer is addressed by Mozilla Security
The flaw was first
reported on July 10. It involves the “firefoxurl://” uniform resource identifier (URI) handler, which enables Firefox to call on other Web resources.
Though Mozilla has fixed the flaw in Firefox 220.127.116.11, Mozilla’s advisory
noted that other Windows applications can be called in a similar way and
also manipulated to execute malicious code.
“This fix only prevents Firefox and Thunderbird from accepting bad data,”
Mozilla stated in its advisory. “This patch does not fix the vulnerability
in Internet Explorer.”
Other critical bugs fixed include the following:
2007-18, which fixes crashes with evidence of memory corruption;
Foundation Security Advisory 2007-23, which describes a Privilege escalation
using an event handler attached to an element not in the document;
Mozilla. It’s a potential cross site scripting risk where scripts could be
injected into another site’s context by exploiting a timing issue.
Timing is also responsible for a low risk vulnerability addressed in Mozilla
Foundation Security Advisory 2007-20 that could allow for Frame spoofing
while a window is loading. According to Mozilla’s advisory a pair of
security researchers reported that it was possible to exploit a timing issue
to inject content into about:blank frames in a page. “When opening a window
from a script, it is possible to spoof the content of the newly opened
window’s frames within a short time frame, while the window is loading,” the
The Firefox 2.0.05 release follows the 18.104.22.168
release by almost two months. Mozilla has not updated its Firefox 1.5.x
series as part of this release update. Firefox 1.5.x was retired in May.