Aug 31, 2020

Security Surprises On Firefox Quantum

This morning I've found an scaring surprise on my Firefox Quantum. Casually it was connected to a proxy when an unexpected connection came up, the browser  was connecting to an unknown remote site via HTTP and downloading a ZIP that contains an ELF shared library, without any type of signature on it.

This means two things

1) the owner of that site might spread malware infecting many many people.
2) the ISP also might do that.

Ubuntu Version:

Firefox Quantum version:

The URL: hxxp://

The zip contains these two files:

The info file:
  Name: gmpopenh264
  Description: GMP Plugin for OpenH264.
  Version: 1.6.0
  APIs: encode-video[h264], decode-video[h264]

So there is a remote codec loading system that is unsigned and unencrypted, I think is good to be aware of it.

In this case the shared library is a video decoder, but it would be a vector to distribute malware o spyware massively, or an attack vector for a MITM attacker.

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