USN-2754-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities

5 October 2015

thunderbird vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 15.04
  • 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

Andrew Osmond, Olli Pettay, Andrew Sutherland, Christian Holler, David Major, Andrew McCreight, and Cameron McCormack discovered multiple memory safety issues in Thunderbird. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted message, 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-2015-4500)

Khalil Zhani discovered a buffer overflow when parsing VP9 content in some circumstances. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted message, 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-2015-4506)

A use-after-free was discovered when manipulating HTML media content in some circumstances. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website in a browsing context, 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-2015-4509)

Atte Kettunen discovered a buffer overflow in the nestegg library when decoding WebM format video in some circumstances. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted message, 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-2015-4511)

Ronald Crane reported multiple vulnerabilities. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website in a browsing context, 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-2015-4517, CVE-2015-4521, CVE-2015-4522, CVE-2015-7174, CVE-2015-7175, CVE-2015-7176, CVE-2015-7177, CVE-2015-7180)

Mario Gomes discovered that dragging and dropping an image after a redirect exposes the redirected URL to scripts. An attacker could potentially exploit this to obtain sensitive information. (CVE-2015-4519)

Ehsan Akhgari discovered 2 issues with CORS preflight requests. An attacker could potentially exploit these to bypass CORS restrictions. (CVE-2015-4520)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.04
thunderbird - 1:38.3.0+build1-0ubuntu0.15.04.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
thunderbird - 1:38.3.0+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
thunderbird - 1:38.3.0+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