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Old 07-08-2010, 06:14 PM   #1
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Firefox security, does it matter?


In a recent discussion on another forum it was suggested that Linux users need not worry about security patches for Firefox because they only address Windows vulnerabilities. I took issue with this, but I'm having some difficulty convincing people that issues like remote/arbitrary code execution and privilege escalation can impact Linux users. Am I just wrong?

It was further suggested that for a script to be executable on a Linux system the executable bit must be set. I also took issue with this and even provided a simple example to show otherwise. Again I was harshly rebuffed and it was implied that my example was irrelevant. Am I wrong again?
 
Old 07-08-2010, 06:57 PM   #2
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In a recent discussion on another forum it was suggested that Linux users need not worry about security patches for Firefox because they only address Windows vulnerabilities. I took issue with this, but I'm having some difficulty convincing people that issues like remote/arbitrary code execution and privilege escalation can impact Linux users. Am I just wrong?

It was further suggested that for a script to be executable on a Linux system the executable bit must be set. I also took issue with this and even provided a simple example to show otherwise. Again I was harshly rebuffed and it was implied that my example was irrelevant. Am I wrong again?
IIRC this was already discussed a while back in the Mozilla Firefox Vulns thread.

Firefox patches do NOT only address Windows vulnerabilities that would be insane. Even if one can't grasp this by means of common sense, a quick glance at the Firefox bug tracker should provide sufficient evidence, as last time I checked it actually categorizes bugs (including security vulnerabilities) by affected platform. Some of the vulnerabilities they fix are platform-neutral, some are Windows-specific, some are GNU/Linux-specific, etc. I have a feeling the people at the other forum know this but are just busting your chops.

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