Debian Security Advisory

DSA-1532-1 xulrunner -- several vulnerabilities

Date Reported:
27 Mar 2008
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2007-4879, CVE-2008-1233, CVE-2008-1234, CVE-2008-1235, CVE-2008-1236, CVE-2008-1237, CVE-2008-1238, CVE-2008-1240, CVE-2008-1241.
More information:

Several remote vulnerabilities have been discovered in Xulrunner, a runtime environment for XUL applications. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems:

  • CVE-2007-4879

    Peter Brodersen and Alexander Klink discovered that the autoselection of SSL client certificates could lead to users being tracked, resulting in a loss of privacy.

  • CVE-2008-1233

    moz_bug_r_a4 discovered that variants of CVE-2007-3738 and CVE-2007-5338 allow the execution of arbitrary code through XPCNativeWrapper.

  • CVE-2008-1234

    moz_bug_r_a4 discovered that insecure handling of event handlers could lead to cross-site scripting.

  • CVE-2008-1235

    Boris Zbarsky, Johnny Stenback and moz_bug_r_a4 discovered that incorrect principal handling could lead to cross-site scripting and the execution of arbitrary code.

  • CVE-2008-1236

    Tom Ferris, Seth Spitzer, Martin Wargers, John Daggett and Mats Palmgren discovered crashes in the layout engine, which might allow the execution of arbitrary code.

  • CVE-2008-1237

    georgi, tgirmann and Igor Bukanov discovered crashes in the Javascript engine, which might allow the execution of arbitrary code.

  • CVE-2008-1238

    Gregory Fleischer discovered that HTTP Referrer headers were handled incorrectly in combination with URLs containing Basic Authentication credentials with empty usernames, resulting in potential Cross-Site Request Forgery attacks.

  • CVE-2008-1240

    Gregory Fleischer discovered that web content fetched through the jar: protocol can use Java to connect to arbitrary ports. This is only an issue in combination with the non-free Java plugin.

  • CVE-2008-1241

    Chris Thomas discovered that background tabs could generate XUL popups overlaying the current tab, resulting in potential spoofing attacks.

The Mozilla products from the old stable distribution (sarge) are no longer supported.

For the stable distribution (etch), these problems have been fixed in version

For the unstable distribution (sid), these problems have been fixed in version

We recommend that you upgrade your xulrunner packages.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (stable)

Architecture-independent component:
Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Big-endian MIPS:
Little-endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.