USN-3112-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities

27 October 2016

thunderbird vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 16.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 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

Catalin Dumitru discovered that URLs of resources loaded after a navigation start could be leaked to the following page via the Resource Timing API. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website in a browsing context, an attacker could potentially exploit this to obtain sensitive information. (CVE-2016-5250)

Christoph Diehl, Andrew McCreight, Dan Minor, Byron Campen, Jon Coppeard, Steve Fink, Tyson Smith, and Carsten Book 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. (CVE-2016-5257)

Atte Kettunen discovered a heap buffer overflow during text conversion with some unicode characters. 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. (CVE-2016-5270)

Abhishek Arya discovered a bad cast when processing layout with input elements 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. (CVE-2016-5272)

A use-after-free was discovered in web animations during restyling. 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. (CVE-2016-5274)

A use-after-free was discovered in accessibility. 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. (CVE-2016-5276)

A use-after-free was discovered in web animations when destroying a timeline. 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. (CVE-2016-5277)

A buffer overflow was discovered when encoding image frames to images 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. (CVE-2016-5278)

Mei Wang discovered a use-after-free when changing text direction. 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. (CVE-2016-5280)

Brian Carpenter discovered a use-after-free when manipulating SVG 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. (CVE-2016-5281)

An issue was discovered with the preloaded Public Key Pinning (HPKP). If a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacker was able to obtain a fraudulent certificate for a Mozilla site, they could exploit this by providing malicious addon updates. (CVE-2016-5284)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.10
thunderbird - 1:45.4.0+build1-0ubuntu0.16.10.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
thunderbird - 1:45.4.0+build1-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
thunderbird - 1:45.4.0+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
thunderbird - 1:45.4.0+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