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Mozilla Thunderbird: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200503-32 / Thunderbird
Release Date March 25, 2005
Latest Revision March 25, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
mail-client/mozilla-thunderbird < 1.0.2 >= 1.0.2 All supported architectures
mail-client/mozilla-thunderbird-bin < 1.0.2 >= 1.0.2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #84075


Mozilla Thunderbird is vulnerable to multiple issues, including the remote execution of arbitrary code through malicious GIF images.

2.  Impact Information


Mozilla Thunderbird is the next-generation mail client from the Mozilla project.


The following vulnerabilities were found and fixed in Mozilla Thunderbird:

  • Mark Dowd from ISS X-Force reported an exploitable heap overrun in the GIF processing of obsolete Netscape extension 2 (CAN-2005-0399)
  • Daniel de Wildt and Gael Delalleau discovered a memory overwrite in a string library (CAN-2005-0255)
  • Wind Li discovered a possible heap overflow in UTF8 to Unicode conversion (CAN-2005-0592)
  • Phil Ringnalda reported a possible way to spoof Install source with user:pass@host (CAN-2005-0590)


The GIF heap overflow could be triggered by a malicious GIF image that would end up executing arbitrary code with the rights of the user running Thunderbird. The other overflow issues, while not thought to be exploitable, would have the same impact. Furthermore, by setting up malicious websites and convincing users to follow untrusted links, attackers may leverage the spoofing issue to trick user into installing malicious extensions.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Mozilla Thunderbird users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=mail-client/mozilla-thunderbird-1.0.2"

All Mozilla Thunderbird binary users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.2: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=mail-client/mozilla-thunderbird-bin-1.0.2"

4.  References


Page updated March 25, 2005

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