USN-2428-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities

03 December 2014

Several security issues were fixed in Thunderbird.

Releases

Packages

  • thunderbird - Mozilla Open Source mail and newsgroup client

Details

Gary Kwong, Randell Jesup, Nils Ohlmeier, Jesse Ruderman, and Max Jonas
Werner discovered multiple memory safety issues in Thunderbird. If a user
were tricked in to opening a specially crafted message with scripting
enabled, an attacker could potentially exploit these to cause a denial of
service via application crash, or execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user invoking Thunderbird. (CVE-2014-1587)

Joe Vennix discovered a crash when using XMLHttpRequest in some
circumstances. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted
message with scripting enabled, an attacker could potentially exploit this
to cause a denial of service. (CVE-2014-1590)

Berend-Jan Wever discovered a use-after-free during HTML parsing. If a
user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted message with scripting
enabled, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of
service via application crash or execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user invoking Thunderbird. (CVE-2014-1592)

Abhishek Arya discovered a buffer overflow when parsing media content. If
a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted message with
scripting enabled, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a
denial of service via application crash or execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user invoking Thunderbird. (CVE-2014-1593)

Byoungyoung Lee, Chengyu Song, and Taesoo Kim discovered a bad cast in the
compositor. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted
message, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause undefined
behaviour, a denial of service via application crash or execute abitrary
code with the privileges of the user invoking Thunderbird. (CVE-2014-1594)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 14.10
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

After a standard system update you need to restart Thunderbird to make
all the necessary changes.