ID CVE-2016-5257
Summary Multiple unspecified vulnerabilities in the browser engine in Mozilla Firefox before 49.0, Firefox ESR 45.x before 45.4 and Thunderbird < 45.4 allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory corruption and application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via unknown vectors.
References
Vulnerable Configurations
  • Mozilla Firefox 48.0.2
    cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:firefox:48.0.2
  • Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) 45.1.0
    cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:firefox_esr:45.1.0
  • Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) 45.1.1
    cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:firefox_esr:45.1.1
  • Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) 45.2.0
    cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:firefox_esr:45.2.0
  • Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) 45.3.0
    cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:firefox_esr:45.3.0
CVSS
Base: 7.5 (as of 23-09-2016 - 09:16)
Impact:
Exploitability:
CWE CWE-119
CAPEC
  • Buffer Overflow via Environment Variables
    This attack pattern involves causing a buffer overflow through manipulation of environment variables. Once the attacker finds that they can modify an environment variable, they may try to overflow associated buffers. This attack leverages implicit trust often placed in environment variables.
  • Overflow Buffers
    Buffer Overflow attacks target improper or missing bounds checking on buffer operations, typically triggered by input injected by an attacker. As a consequence, an attacker is able to write past the boundaries of allocated buffer regions in memory, causing a program crash or potentially redirection of execution as per the attackers' choice.
  • Client-side Injection-induced Buffer Overflow
    This type of attack exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in targeted client software through injection of malicious content from a custom-built hostile service.
  • Filter Failure through Buffer Overflow
    In this attack, the idea is to cause an active filter to fail by causing an oversized transaction. An attacker may try to feed overly long input strings to the program in an attempt to overwhelm the filter (by causing a buffer overflow) and hoping that the filter does not fail securely (i.e. the user input is let into the system unfiltered).
  • MIME Conversion
    An attacker exploits a weakness in the MIME conversion routine to cause a buffer overflow and gain control over the mail server machine. The MIME system is designed to allow various different information formats to be interpreted and sent via e-mail. Attack points exist when data are converted to MIME compatible format and back.
  • Overflow Binary Resource File
    An attack of this type exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in the handling of binary resources. Binary resources may include music files like MP3, image files like JPEG files, and any other binary file. These attacks may pass unnoticed to the client machine through normal usage of files, such as a browser loading a seemingly innocent JPEG file. This can allow the attacker access to the execution stack and execute arbitrary code in the target process. This attack pattern is a variant of standard buffer overflow attacks using an unexpected vector (binary files) to wrap its attack and open up a new attack vector. The attacker is required to either directly serve the binary content to the victim, or place it in a locale like a MP3 sharing application, for the victim to download. The attacker then is notified upon the download or otherwise locates the vulnerability opened up by the buffer overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow via Symbolic Links
    This type of attack leverages the use of symbolic links to cause buffer overflows. An attacker can try to create or manipulate a symbolic link file such that its contents result in out of bounds data. When the target software processes the symbolic link file, it could potentially overflow internal buffers with insufficient bounds checking.
  • Overflow Variables and Tags
    This type of attack leverages the use of tags or variables from a formatted configuration data to cause buffer overflow. The attacker crafts a malicious HTML page or configuration file that includes oversized strings, thus causing an overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow via Parameter Expansion
    In this attack, the target software is given input that the attacker knows will be modified and expanded in size during processing. This attack relies on the target software failing to anticipate that the expanded data may exceed some internal limit, thereby creating a buffer overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow in an API Call
    This attack targets libraries or shared code modules which are vulnerable to buffer overflow attacks. An attacker who has access to an API may try to embed malicious code in the API function call and exploit a buffer overflow vulnerability in the function's implementation. All clients that make use of the code library thus become vulnerable by association. This has a very broad effect on security across a system, usually affecting more than one software process.
  • Buffer Overflow in Local Command-Line Utilities
    This attack targets command-line utilities available in a number of shells. An attacker can leverage a vulnerability found in a command-line utility to escalate privilege to root.
Access
VectorComplexityAuthentication
NETWORK LOW NONE
Impact
ConfidentialityIntegrityAvailability
PARTIAL PARTIAL PARTIAL
nessus via4
  • NASL family Debian Local Security Checks
    NASL id DEBIAN_DSA-3690.NASL
    description Multiple security issues have been found in Icedove, Debian's version of the Mozilla Thunderbird mail client: Multiple memory safety errors may lead to the execution of arbitrary code or denial of service.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-11-10
    plugin id 93941
    published 2016-10-11
    reporter Tenable
    source https://www.tenable.com/plugins/index.php?view=single&id=93941
    title Debian DSA-3690-1 : icedove - security update
  • NASL family Scientific Linux Local Security Checks
    NASL id SL_20161003_THUNDERBIRD_ON_SL5_X.NASL
    description This update upgrades Thunderbird to version 45.4.0. Security Fix(es) : - Multiple flaws were found in the processing of malformed web content. A web page containing malicious content could cause Thunderbird to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Thunderbird. (CVE-2016-5257)
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-12-28
    plugin id 93859
    published 2016-10-05
    reporter Tenable
    source https://www.tenable.com/plugins/index.php?view=single&id=93859
    title Scientific Linux Security Update : thunderbird on SL5.x, SL6.x, SL7.x i386/x86_64
  • NASL family FreeBSD Local Security Checks
    NASL id FREEBSD_PKG_2C57C47E8BB3469483C89FC3ABAD3964.NASL
    description Mozilla Foundation reports : CVE-2016-2827 - Out-of-bounds read in mozilla::net::IsValidReferrerPolicy [low] CVE-2016-5256 - Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 49 [critical] CVE-2016-5257 - Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 49 and Firefox ESR 45.4 [critical] CVE-2016-5270 - Heap-buffer-overflow in nsCaseTransformTextRunFactory::TransformString [high] CVE-2016-5271 - Out-of-bounds read in PropertyProvider::GetSpacingInternal [low] CVE-2016-5272 - Bad cast in nsImageGeometryMixin [high] CVE-2016-5273 - crash in mozilla::a11y::HyperTextAccessible::GetChildOffset [high] CVE-2016-5274 - use-after-free in nsFrameManager::CaptureFrameState [high] CVE-2016-5275 - global-buffer-overflow in mozilla::gfx::FilterSupport::ComputeSourceNeededRegions [critical] CVE-2016-5276 - Heap-use-after-free in mozilla::a11y::DocAccessible::ProcessInvalidationList [high] CVE-2016-5277 - Heap-use-after-free in nsRefreshDriver::Tick [high] CVE-2016-5278 - Heap-buffer-overflow in nsBMPEncoder::AddImageFrame [critical] CVE-2016-5279 - Full local path of files is available to web pages after drag and drop [moderate] CVE-2016-5280 - Use-after-free in mozilla::nsTextNodeDirectionalityMap::RemoveElementFromMap [high] CVE-2016-5281 - use-after-free in DOMSVGLength [high] CVE-2016-5282 - Don't allow content to request favicons from non-whitelisted schemes [moderate] CVE-2016-5283 -