Security researchers discover two zero-day vulnerabilities in Mozilla Firefox used in targeted attacks.
Editor’s Note: This blog was updated on June 20 to reflect additional information regarding a second vulnerability used in combination with CVE-2019-11707, as well as security updates from Mozilla.
The vulnerabilities were reported to Mozilla by Google Project Zero’s Samuel Groß and the Coinbase Security team.
Samuel Groß provided additional context about the vulnerability in Tweets posted on June 19. Groß mentions he did not have details about the active exploitation in the wild and that he reported the bug back in April. He noted that while remote code execution (RCE) is possible, it would “need a separate sandbox escape.” Finally, he did mention that on its own, the vulnerability “can also be exploited for Universal Cross-Site Scripting (UXSS) which might be enough depending on the attacker’s goals.”
The bug can be exploited for RCE but would then need a separate sandbox escape. However, most likely it can also be exploited for UXSS which might be enough depending on the attacker's goals. Looking forward to more details from @mozsec and @coinbase— Samuel Groß (@5aelo) June 19, 2019
Philip Martin, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Coinbase, published a series of Tweets on June 20 providing additional context around the targeted attack. According to Martin, CVE-2019-11707 was used in conjunction with a separate Firefox zero-day sandbox escape vulnerability (CVE-2019-11708) to target Coinbase employees. Martin added that Coinbase wasn’t the only “crypto org” targeted in this attack campaign and his team has provided indicators of compromise (IOCs) to assist other organizations.
1/ A little more context on the Firefox 0-day reports. On Monday, Coinbase detected & blocked an attempt by an attacker to leverage the reported 0-day, along with a separate 0-day firefox sandbox escape, to target Coinbase employees.— Philip Martin (@SecurityGuyPhil) June 19, 2019
Additionally, Patrick Wardle, Founder and Chief Research Officer (CRO) for Digita Security, published a blog analyzing a macOS malware sample sent to him that matches one of the malicious files referenced by Philip Martin in his Tweets.
Mozilla released Firefox 67.0.3 and Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) 60.7.1 on June 18 to address CVE-2019-11707 and released Firefox 67.0.4 and Firefox ESR 60.7.2 on June 20 to address CVE-2019-11708. Users are advised to upgrade to the latest versions of Firefox as soon as possible.
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