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Mozilla fixes Firefox, Thunderbird zero-days exploited at Pwn2Own

Posted on May 25, 2022 by bis_admin

Mozilla has released security updates for multiple products to address zero-day vulnerabilities exploited during the Pwn2Own Vancouver 2022 hacking contest.

If exploited, the two critical flaws can let attackers gain JavaScript code execution on mobile and desktop devices running vulnerable versions of Firefox, Firefox ESR, Firefox for Android, and Thunderbird.

The zero-days have been fixed in Firefox 100.0.2, Firefox ESR 91.9.1, Firefox for Android 100.3, and Thunderbird 91.9.1.

“An attacker could have sent a message to the parent process where the contents were used to double-index into a JavaScript object, leading to prototype pollution and ultimately attacker-controlled JavaScript executing in the privileged parent process,” Mozilla explained.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) also encouraged admins and users on Monday to patch these security flaws, given that threat actors could exploit them to “take control of an affected system.”

Mozilla patched these vulnerabilities two days after they were exploited and reported at the Pwn2Own hacking contest by Manfred Paul.

However, vendors don’t usually hurry to release patches after Pwn2Own since they have 90 days to push security fixes until Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative publicly discloses them.

Pwn2Own 2022 Vancouver ended on May 20 after 17 competitors earned $1,155,000 for zero-day exploits and exploit chains demonstrated over three days after 21 attempts.

Original Posts: Mozilla fixes Firefox, Thunderbird zero-days exploited at Pwn2Own