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RedHat: Important: thunderbird security update Print E-mail
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Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
RedHat Linux An updated thunderbird package that fixes various bugs is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Important: thunderbird security update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2005:791-01
Advisory URL:      https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2005-791.html
Issue date:        2005-10-06
Updated on:        2005-10-06
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux
CVE Names:         CAN-2005-2871 CAN-2005-2702 CAN-2005-2703 CAN-2005-2704 CAN-2005-2705 CAN-2005-2706 CAN-2005-2707 CAN-2005-2968
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1. Summary:

An updated thunderbird package that fixes various bugs is now available for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS version 4 - i386, ia64, ppc, s390, s390x, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop version 4 - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 4 - i386, ia64, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 4 - i386, ia64, x86_64

3. Problem description:

Mozilla Thunderbird is a standalone mail and newsgroup client.

A bug was found in the way Thunderbird processes certain international
domain names. An attacker could create a specially crafted HTML mail, which
when viewed by the victim would cause Thunderbird to crash or possibly
execute arbitrary code. Thunderbird as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 4 must have international domain names enabled by the user in order
to be vulnerable to this issue. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2005-2871 to this issue.

A bug was found in the way Thunderbird processes certain Unicode sequences.
It may be possible to execute arbitrary code as the user running
Thunderbird if the user views a specially crafted HTML mail containing
Unicode sequences. (CAN-2005-2702)

A bug was found in the way Thunderbird makes XMLHttp requests. It is
possible that a malicious HTML mail could leverage this flaw to exploit
other proxy or server flaws from the victim's machine. It is also possible
that this flaw could be leveraged to send XMLHttp requests to hosts other
than the originator; the default behavior of Thunderbird is to disallow
such actions. (CAN-2005-2703)

A bug was found in the way Thunderbird implemented its XBL interface. It
may be possible for a malicious HTML mail to create an XBL binding in such
a way that would allow arbitrary JavaScript execution with chrome
permissions. Please note that in Thunderbird 1.0.6 this issue is not
directly exploitable and will need to leverage other unknown exploits.
(CAN-2005-2704)

An integer overflow bug was found in Thunderbird's JavaScript engine. Under
favorable conditions, it may be possible for a malicious mail message to
execute arbitrary code as the user running Thunderbird. Please note that
JavaScript support is disabled by default in Thunderbird. (CAN-2005-2705)

A bug was found in the way Thunderbird displays about: pages. It is
possible for a malicious HTML mail to open an about: page, such as
about:mozilla, in such a way that it becomes possible to execute JavaScript
with chrome privileges. (CAN-2005-2706)

A bug was found in the way Thunderbird opens new windows. It is possible
for a malicious HTML mail to construct a new window without any user
interface components, such as the address bar and the status bar. This
window could then be used to mislead the user for malicious purposes.
(CAN-2005-2707)

A bug was found in the way Thunderbird processes URLs passed to it on the
command line. If a user passes a malformed URL to Thunderbird, such as
clicking on a link in an instant messaging program, it is possible to
execute arbitrary commands as the user running Thunderbird. (CAN-2005-2968) 

Users of Thunderbird are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which
contains Thunderbird version 1.0.7 and is not vulnerable to these issues.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network.  To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:

up2date

This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

167944 - CAN-2005-2871 Firefox buffer overflow affects thunderbird
168531 - CAN-2005-2701 Multiple Firefox issues (CAN-2005-2702, CAN-2005-2703, CAN-2005-2704, CAN-2005-2705, CAN-2005-2706, CAN-2005-2707)


6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS version 4:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/4AS/en/os/SRPMS/thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.src.rpm
47e8f864e7070ec1fb6f257803cd523e  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.src.rpm

i386:
ad88c9b3e77374cb852a05800dfa26d8  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.i386.rpm

ia64:
42638d07a091f9397100fcff8f4088d0  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.ia64.rpm

ppc:
fe510ef278156b9e615c059c2a7697ae  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.ppc.rpm

s390:
1df2169e7ad318106c9573dbf84f0ca2  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.s390.rpm

s390x:
59d6cab71a71d3beb28f6cd136ff64c2  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.s390x.rpm

x86_64:
f9e2b6890106798b44b31957d3025019  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop version 4:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/4Desktop/en/os/SRPMS/thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.src.rpm
47e8f864e7070ec1fb6f257803cd523e  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.src.rpm

i386:
ad88c9b3e77374cb852a05800dfa26d8  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.i386.rpm

x86_64:
f9e2b6890106798b44b31957d3025019  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 4:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/4ES/en/os/SRPMS/thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.src.rpm
47e8f864e7070ec1fb6f257803cd523e  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.src.rpm

i386:
ad88c9b3e77374cb852a05800dfa26d8  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.i386.rpm

ia64:
42638d07a091f9397100fcff8f4088d0  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.ia64.rpm

x86_64:
f9e2b6890106798b44b31957d3025019  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.x86_64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 4:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/4WS/en/os/SRPMS/thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.src.rpm
47e8f864e7070ec1fb6f257803cd523e  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.src.rpm

i386:
ad88c9b3e77374cb852a05800dfa26d8  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.i386.rpm

ia64:
42638d07a091f9397100fcff8f4088d0  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.ia64.rpm

x86_64:
f9e2b6890106798b44b31957d3025019  thunderbird-1.0.7-1.4.1.x86_64.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security.  Our key and 
details on how to verify the signature are available from
https://www.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package

7. References:

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-2871
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-2702
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-2703
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-2704
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-2705
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-2706
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-2707
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-2968

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is .  More contact
details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

Copyright 2005 Red Hat, Inc.
 
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