ZDI-06-010: Mozilla Firefox CSS Letter-Spacing Heap Overflow Vulnerability
April 13, 2006
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Mozilla 1.7.x and below
Firefox 1.5.x and below
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since January 31, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4097. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of the Mozilla/Firefox web browser. User
interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the
target must visit a malicious page.
The specific flaw is due to incorrect handling of the CSS
"letter-spacing" element. By specifying a large number, an attacker can
overflow an integer used during memory allocation. The under-allocated
buffer is later used to store user-supplied data leading to an
exploitable heap overflow.
-- Vendor Response:
Mozilla has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. Details are
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.01.31 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.01.31 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.04.13 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher.
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