Mozilla yesterday updated Firefox and patched 10 vulnerabilities, one which was rated critical.
Firefox 46 also included patches for four vulnerabilities that Mozilla rated as high severity. Critical bugs enabled remote code execution without user interaction, while bugs rated high can be exploited to steal browser data or inject code into websites via the browser.
The critical vulnerability was found internally and included four memory-related flaws in the browser engine used by Firefox and other Mozilla software.
“Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption under certain circumstances, and we presume that with enough effort at least some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code,” Mozilla said in its advisory.
All four bugs—CVE-2016-2807, CVE-2016-2806, CVE-2016-2805, and CVE-2016-2804—cause the browser to crash; CVE-2016-2805 affects only Firefox ESR 38.8.
“This allows an attacker to infer touch actions on the device through these sensors when orientation events are triggered in the browser, compromising user privacy and including potentially revealing entered PIN code data along with other user activities,” Mozilla said in its advisory.
“Under the right conditions this write could lead to arbitrary code execution,” Mozilla said in its advisory. “The overflow takes considerable time and a malicious page would require a user to keep it open for the duration of the attack.”
Mozilla also patched a handful of flaws it rated as moderate severity because they work only in non-default configurations, or require extra actions on the user’s part to exploit.