USN-2330-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities

11 September 2014

thunderbird vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in Thunderbird.

Software Description

  • thunderbird - Mozilla Open Source mail and newsgroup client

Details

Jan de Mooij, Christian Holler, Karl Tomlinson, Randell Jesup, Gary Kwong, Jesse Ruderman and JW Wang 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-2014-1553, CVE-2014-1562)

Abhishek Arya discovered a use-after-free during DOM interactions with SVG. 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-2014-1563)

Michal Zalewski discovered that memory is not initialized properly during GIF rendering in some circumstances. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted message, an attacker could potentially exploit this to steal confidential information. (CVE-2014-1564)

Holger Fuhrmannek discovered an out-of-bounds read in Web Audio. 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 steal confidential information. (CVE-2014-1565)

A use-after-free was discovered during text layout 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 via application crash or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Thunderbird. (CVE-2014-1567)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
thunderbird - 1:31.1.1+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
thunderbird - 1:31.1.1+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