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Category:   Application (Web Browser)  >   Mozilla Firefox Vendors:
Mozilla Firefox 'file:' URLs Let Users Gain Chrome Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1021191
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-5015   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Nov 13 2008
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 3.0 - 3.0.3
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Mozilla Firefox. A user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

When a user opens a 'file:' URL in the same tab as a chrome page or privileged 'about:' page, the file will run with chrome privileges.

Firefox version 2 is not affected.

Luke Bryan reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (3.0.4).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:   Linux (Any), UNIX (Any), Windows (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Nov 13 2008 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Mozilla Firefox 'file:' URLs Let Users Gain Chrome Privileges   (
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:01:29 -0500
Subject:  Mozilla Firefox


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