USN-1823-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities

14 May 2013

thunderbird vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in Thunderbird.

Software Description

  • thunderbird - Mozilla Open Source mail and newsgroup client

Details

Multiple memory safety issues were discovered in Thunderbird. If the user were tricked into opening a specially crafted message with scripting enabled, an attacker could possibly exploit these to cause a denial of service via application crash, or potentially execute code with the privileges of the user invoking Thunderbird. (CVE-2013-0801, CVE-2013-1669)

Cody Crews discovered that some constructors could be used to bypass restrictions enforced by their Chrome Object Wrapper (COW). If a user had scripting enabled, an attacker could exploit this to conduct cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. (CVE-2013-1670)

A use-after-free was discovered when resizing video content whilst it is playing. If a user had scripting enabled, an attacker could potentially exploit this to execute code with the privileges of the user invoking Thunderbird. (CVE-2013-1674)

It was discovered that some DOMSVGZoomEvent functions could be used without being properly initialized, which could lead to information leakage. (CVE-2013-1675)

Abhishek Arya discovered multiple memory safety issues in Thunderbird. If the user were tricked into opening a specially crafted message, an attacker could possibly exploit these to cause a denial of service via application crash, or potentially execute code with the privileges of the user invoking Thunderbird. (CVE-2013-1676, CVE-2013-1677, CVE-2013-1678, CVE-2013-1679, CVE-2013-1680, CVE-2013-1681)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.04
thunderbird - 17.0.6+build1-0ubuntu0.13.04.1
Ubuntu 12.10
thunderbird - 17.0.6+build1-0ubuntu0.12.10.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
thunderbird - 17.0.6+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1

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

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

References