USN-582-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-582-1

28th February, 2008

mozilla-thunderbird, thunderbird vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software description

  • mozilla-thunderbird
  • thunderbird

Details

It was discovered that Thunderbird did not properly set the size of a
buffer when parsing an external-body MIME-type. If a user were to open
a specially crafted email, an attacker could cause a denial of service
via application crash or possibly execute arbitrary code as the user.
(CVE-2008-0304)

Various flaws were discovered in Thunderbird and its JavaScript
engine. By tricking a user into opening a malicious message, an
attacker could execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges.
(CVE-2008-0412, CVE-2008-0413)

Various flaws were discovered in the JavaScript engine. By tricking
a user into opening a malicious message, an attacker could escalate
privileges within Thunderbird, perform cross-site scripting attacks
and/or execute arbitrary code with the user's privileges. (CVE-2008-0415)

Gerry Eisenhaur discovered that the chrome URI scheme did not properly
guard against directory traversal. Under certain circumstances, an
attacker may be able to load files or steal session data. Ubuntu is not
vulnerable in the default installation. (CVE-2008-0418)

Flaws were discovered in the BMP decoder. By tricking a user into
opening a specially crafted BMP file, an attacker could obtain
sensitive information. (CVE-2008-0420)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.10:
thunderbird 2.0.0.12+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.7.10.0
Ubuntu 7.04:
mozilla-thunderbird 1.5.0.13+1.5.0.15~prepatch080227-0ubuntu0.7.04.0
Ubuntu 6.10:
mozilla-thunderbird 1.5.0.13+1.5.0.15~prepatch080227-0ubuntu0.6.10.0
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
mozilla-thunderbird 1.5.0.13+1.5.0.15~prepatch080227-0ubuntu0.6.06.0

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart Thunderbird to effect
the necessary changes.

References

CVE-2008-0304, CVE-2008-0412, CVE-2008-0413, CVE-2008-0415, CVE-2008-0418, CVE-2008-0420, CVE-2008-0591