Firefox 0.9.2, Thunderbird 0.7.2, Mozilla 1.7.1 Coming Soon
Thursday July 8th, 2004
Branches have been created for three of mozilla.org's latest releases, in order to fix an external Windows protocol handler bug. The fix involves disabling the
More information about the exploit can be found in this post on the FullDisclosure mailing list.
Update: The XPI to disable the pref is now available.
Another Update: mozilla.org has published a document on the issue.
Yet Another Update: There is an eWeek article about the exploit as well as a discussion at Slashdot. The now public bug report that covers the
Yet Another Update: If you are not using Windows, you are not at risk from this bug. If you are using Windows, go to www.mccanless.us/mozilla/mozilla_bugs.htm to see if you are vulnerable.
#12 Re: Auto-update
Thursday July 8th, 2004 4:02 PM
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"...which was found to enable pages to run executables on Windows via a link."
It does NOT download executables. However it apparantly allows someone to run an arbitrary executable, which is by itself already dangerous enough.
As for the auto-update not kicking in yet - it's obvious that it's still much of a work in progress, but that's what Firefox/Thunderbird are called 'preview releases' for. For Mozilla though, that's not much of an excuse. Then again, there's so many software around which doesn't have auto-update features, doesn't make them inherently bad. But, not real 'good' either, 'cause with browsers security is of course an important issue. Fortunately Mozilla is still the minority browser, so I doubt someone will actually exploit this security leak.