Re: [FD] Mozilla extensions: a security nightmare

From: Stefan Kanthak <>
To: Mario Vilas <>
Cc: bugtraq <>,fulldisclosure <>
Subject: Re: [FD] Mozilla extensions: a security nightmare

"Mario Vilas" <> wrote:

> W^X applies to memory protection, completely irrelevant here.

I recommend to revisit elementary school and start to learn reading!

| JFTR: current software separates code from data in virtual memory and
|       uses "write xor execute" or "data execution prevention" to
|       prevent both tampering of code and execution of data.
|       The same separation and protection can and of course needs to be
|       applied to code and data stored in the file system too!

> Plus you're saying in every situation when a user can overwrite its
> own binaries in its own home folder it's a bug

Again: learn to read!


| No. Writing executable code is NOT the problem here.
| The problem is running this code AFTER it has been tampered.
| (Not only) Mozilla but does NOT detect tampered code.

> - that would make every single Linux distro vulnerable whenever you
> install some software in your own home directory that only you can use.

# mount /home -onoexec

> If you're talking about file and directory permissions it makes sense to
> talk about privilege escalation.


> But I don't think you really understand those security principles you're
> citing. For example, can you give me an example of an attack scenario?

The attack vector is OBVIOUS, exploitation is TRIVIAL.

> Also, take a chill pill. Your aggressive tone isn't really helping you at
> all.

Posting on top because that's where the cursor happens to be is like
sh*tt*ng in your pants because that's where your *ssh*l* happens to be!

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