October 1, 2016

Mozilla Updates Firefox 3.5, 3.6 and 4.0

Mozilla has released a series of security updates for all currently supported versions of Firefox. Firefox 4.0.1, 3.6.17 and 3.5.19 are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Mozilla is recommending that users update to the latest versions but also encourage all users to upgrade to Firefox 4 as this is the last planned security and stability release for Firefox 3.5.

The first fixes are for several memory safety bugs in the browser engine used in Firefox and other Mozilla-based products. Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption under certain circumstances, and Mozilla presume that with enough effort at least some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code.

A minor security vulnerability was fixed in the XSLT generate-id() function as it was revealing a specific valid address of an object on the memory heap. It is theoretical that this information could have been used in combination with other heap corruption exploits.

There is also a fix for a vulnerability in the Java Embedding Plugin (JEP) shipped with the Mac OS X versions of Firefox 3.5 and 3.6 that if exploited could allow an attacker to obtain elevated access to resources on a user’s system.

Specific to Firefox 4 is an additional fix to its WebGL feature. Two crashes that could potentially be exploited to run malicious code were found in the WebGL feature. Also there is a fix for a vulnerability that could potentially be used to bypass a security feature of recent Windows versions.

Mozilla has also released Thunderbird 3.1.10. The release notes are available here.

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