USN-978-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities

8 September 2010

thunderbird vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Summary

Thunderbird could be made to crash or possibly run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file or website.

Software Description

  • thunderbird - mail/news client with RSS and integrated spam filter support

Details

Several dangling pointer vulnerabilities were discovered in Thunderbird. An attacker could exploit this to crash Thunderbird or possibly run arbitrary code as the user invoking the program. (CVE-2010-2760, CVE-2010-2767, CVE-2010-3167)

It was discovered that the XPCSafeJSObjectWrapper (SJOW) security wrapper did not always honor the same-origin policy. If JavaScript was enabled, an attacker could exploit this to run untrusted JavaScript from other domains. (CVE-2010-2763)

Matt Haggard discovered that Thunderbird did not honor same-origin policy when processing the statusText property of an XMLHttpRequest object. If a user were tricked into viewing a malicious site, a remote attacker could use this to gather information about servers on internal private networks. (CVE-2010-2764)

Chris Rohlf discovered an integer overflow when Thunderbird processed the HTML frameset element. If a user were tricked into viewing a malicious site, a remote attacker could use this to crash Thunderbird or possibly run arbitrary code as the user invoking the program. (CVE-2010-2765)

Several issues were discovered in the browser engine. If a user were tricked into viewing a malicious site, a remote attacker could use this to crash Thunderbird or possibly run arbitrary code as the user invoking the program. (CVE-2010-2766, CVE-2010-3168)

David Huang and Collin Jackson discovered that the <object> tag could override the charset of a framed HTML document in another origin. An attacker could utilize this to perform cross-site scripting attacks. (CVE-2010-2768)

Paul Stone discovered that with designMode enabled an HTML selection containing JavaScript could be copied and pasted into a document and have the JavaScript execute within the context of the site where the code was dropped. If JavaScript was enabled, an attacker could utilize this to perform cross-site scripting attacks. (CVE-2010-2769)

A buffer overflow was discovered in Thunderbird when processing text runs. If a user were tricked into viewing a malicious site, a remote attacker could use this to crash Thunderbird or possibly run arbitrary code as the user invoking the program. (CVE-2010-3166)

Peter Van der Beken, Jason Oster, Jesse Ruderman, Igor Bukanov, Jeff Walden, Gary Kwong and Olli Pettay discovered several flaws in the browser engine. If a user were tricked into viewing a malicious site, a remote attacker could use this to crash Thunderbird or possibly run arbitrary code as the user invoking the program. (CVE-2010-3169)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
thunderbird - 3.0.7+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1

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