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Category:   Application (Web Browser)  >   Mozilla Browser Vendors:
Mozilla Integer Overflow in SOAPParameter Object Constructor Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1010841
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-0722   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Aug 2 2004
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 1.7 and prior versions
Description:   iDEFENSE reported a vulnerability in Mozilla in the processing of SOAP XML parameters. A remote user can create HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target system.

It is reported that there is an integer overflow in the SOAPParameter object constructor. A remote user can provide specially crafted inputs to cause a heap overflow and execute arbitrary code.

The original advisory is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can create HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target system with the privileges of the target user.
Solution:   The vendor has released a fixed version (1.7.1), available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDEFENSE Security Advisory 08.02.04: Netscape/Mozilla SOAPParameter

Netscape/Mozilla SOAPParameter Constructor Integer Overflow
August 2, 2004

iDEFENSE Security Advisory 08.02.04:


SOAP is an XML-based messaging protocol which defines a set of rules for
structuring messages, and can be used for web based applications.


Improper input validation to the SOAPParameter object constructor in
Netscape and Mozilla allows execution of arbitrary code.

The SOAPParameter object's constructor contains an integer overflow
which allows controllable heap corruption.

A web page can be constructed to leverage this into remote execution of
arbitrary code.


Successful exploitation allows the remote attacker to execute arbitrary
code in the context of the user running the browser.


Netscape version 7.0 and 7.1 have been confirmed to be vulnerable.
Mozilla 1.6 is also vulnerable to this issue. It is suspected that
earlier versions of both browsers may also be vulnerable.

Netscape 7.1 is the latest version of Netscape available. Netscape have
not released any information indicating they are intending to release
future versions of the Netscape browser, and no longer have any
developers working on this project.

The latest release of the Mozilla browser, 1.7.1, is not affected by
this vulnerability. The Mozilla browser may be considered as an
alternative to Netscape.


Disable Javascript in the browser.

Consider upgrading to the latest version of Mozilla.


Mozilla 1.7.1 is available for download at:


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2004-0722 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


01/17/2004   Exploit acquired by iDEFENSE.
03/05/2004   Bug sent to Netscape Security Bug form at
03/05/2004   Bug entered into
03/05/2004   iDEFENSE clients notified
07/09/2004   Patch submitted into Mozilla source tree.
08/02/2004   Public disclosure


zen-parse (zen-parse at is credited with this discovery.


Copyright (c) 2004 iDEFENSE, Inc.

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