The Firefox installer allows Firefox to be installed to a custom user writable location, leaving it unprotected from manipulation by unprivileged users or malware. If the Mozilla Maintenance Service is manipulated to update this unprotected location and the updated maintenance service in the unprotected location has been altered, the altered maintenance service can run with elevated privileges during the update process due to a lack of integrity checks. This allows for privilege escalation if the executable has been replaced locally.
*Note: This attack requires local system access and only affects Windows. Other operating systems are not affected.*
Name: the Mozilla project
Upstream: Holger Fuhrmannek
This vulnerability only affected Firefox on the Windows operating system. Firefox on Red Hat Enterprise Linux is not affected.
This bug is now closed. Further updates for individual products will be reflected on the CVE page(s):