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From: Tom Ferris <tommy <at> security-protocols.com>
Subject: Mozilla Firefox "Host:" Buffer Overflow
Newsgroups: gmane.comp.security.full-disclosure
Date: Friday 9th September 2005 06:09:51 UTC (over 12 years ago)
Mozilla Firefox "Host:" Buffer Overflow

Release Date:
September 8, 2005

Date Reported:
September 4, 2005

Severity:
Critical

Vendor:
Mozilla

Versions Affected:
Firefox Win32 1.0.6 and prior
Firefox Linux 1.0.6 and prior
Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 (Deer Park Alpha 2)

Overview:

A buffer overflow vulnerability exists within Firefox version 1.0.6 and 
all other prior versions which allows for an attacker to remotely execute 
arbitrary code on an affected host.

Technical Details:
The problem seems to be when a hostname which has all dashes causes the 
NormalizeIDN call in nsStandardURL::BuildNormalizedSpec to return true, 
but is sets encHost to an empty string.  Meaning, Firefox appends 0 to 
approxLen and then appends the long string of dashes to the buffer 
instead.  The following HTML code below will reproduce this issue:



Simple, huh? ;-]

Vendor Status:
Mozilla was notified, and im guessing they are working on a patch. Who 
knows though?

Discovered by:
Tom Ferris

Related Links:
www.security-protocols.com/firefox-death.html
www.security-protocols.com/advisory/sp-x17-advisory.txt
www.security-protocols.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2910

Greetings:
chico, modify, ac1djazz, dmuz, aempirei, Daniel Sergile, tupac shakur, and 
the rest of the angrypacket krew.

Copyright (c) 2005 Security-Protocols.com

Thanks,

Tom Ferris
Researcher
www.security-protocols.com
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