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#1 2015-08-07 19:09:02

pixelou
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Registered: 2011-03-30
Posts: 14

Firefox vulnerability

Hi everyone,

A serious vulnerability has been found in firefox yesterday (in the PDFjs module).
You will find more details at:
- https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/ … sa2015-78/
- https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2015/ … -the-wild/

The second link mentions that an exploit already existed before mozilla was informed about this problem, and this exploit was found to read the ssh files among others.
Archlinux repo already contains a fixed version of firefox (39.0.3-1).

Note for moderators: I am not sure wether the Archlinux forum is the right place for this topic, many security blogs and website have already published about this, but I thought quite a lot of us might be interested by this issue. Please feel free to close the topic if you wish.

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#2 2015-08-07 19:11:30

karol
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Registered: 2009-05-06
Posts: 25,440

Re: Firefox vulnerability

We have https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/CVE which does link to https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/ … sa2015-78/ that you posted.
See also arch-security mailing list.

Last edited by karol (2015-08-07 19:12:53)

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#3 2015-08-07 19:21:18

ewaller
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From: Pasadena, CA
Registered: 2009-07-13
Posts: 15,068

Re: Firefox vulnerability

Moved to Announcements, Package and Security Advisories


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#4 2015-08-07 23:37:29

Allan
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From: Brisbane, AU
Registered: 2007-06-09
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Re: Firefox vulnerability

If you want information like this, you are better off following the arch-security mailing list.

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#5 2015-08-08 08:57:38

pixelou
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Registered: 2011-03-30
Posts: 14

Re: Firefox vulnerability

Thanks for the pointer, I did register to the mailing list.

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#6 2015-08-10 08:52:19

Awebb
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Registered: 2010-05-06
Posts: 4,902

Re: Firefox vulnerability

ewaller wrote:

Moved to Announcements, Package and Security Advisories

You are aware, that this category also goes to Planet Archlinux?

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#7 2015-08-10 10:54:42

karol
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Registered: 2009-05-06
Posts: 25,440

Re: Firefox vulnerability

Awebb wrote:
ewaller wrote:

Moved to Announcements, Package and Security Advisories

You are aware, that this category also goes to Planet Archlinux?

Good catch. I've recently unsubscribed from the Arch Linux Planet and missed it / forgot.

I unsubscribed from the 'Other Languages' forum section and a thread I was interested in was started there. The gods hate me.

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#8 2015-08-10 13:55:33

gunnihinn
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From: Torreón, Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-28
Posts: 80

Re: Firefox vulnerability

Allan wrote:

If you want information like this, you are better off following the arch-security mailing list.

I'd actually post a news item about it on archlinux.org instead and encourage users to update Firefox. Serious security vulnerabilities affect all users, but not everyone follows security mailing lists. I'd argue that it's the responsibility of those who do to alert the general population when something this serious comes up.

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#9 2015-08-10 14:12:34

karol
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Registered: 2009-05-06
Posts: 25,440

Re: Firefox vulnerability

gunnihinn wrote:

not everyone follows security mailing lists

https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-security/ is not exactly high volume, so I guess those people don't want security info.
You already have somebody listing vulnerabilities and fixing them, all you have to do is read them and follow the suggestions included.

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