Package name
mozilla-thunderbird
Date
2005-08-26
Advisory ID
MDKSA-2005:127-1
Affected versions
10.2 i586 , 10.2 x86_64

Problem description

A number of vulnerabilities were reported and fixed in Thunderbird 1.0.5 and Mozilla 1.7.9. The following vulnerabilities have been backported and patched for this update: The native implementations of InstallTrigger and other XPInstall- related javascript objects did not properly validate that they were called on instances of the correct type. By passing other objects, even raw numbers, the javascript interpreter would jump to the wrong place in memory. Although no proof of concept has been developed we believe this could be exploited (MFSA 2005-40). moz_bug_r_a4 reported several exploits giving an attacker the ability to install malicious code or steal data, requiring only that the user do commonplace actions like clicking on a link or open the context menu. The common cause in each case was privileged UI code ("chrome") being overly trusting of DOM nodes from the content window. Scripts in the web page can override properties and methods of DOM nodes and shadow the native values, unless steps are taken to get the true underlying values (MFSA 2005-41). Additional checks were added to make sure Javascript eval and Script objects are run with the privileges of the context that created them, not the potentially elevated privilege of the context calling them in order to protect against an additional variant of MFSA 2005-41 (MFSA 2005-44). In several places the browser UI did not correctly distinguish between true user events, such as mouse clicks or keystrokes, and synthetic events genenerated by web content. The problems ranged from minor annoyances like switching tabs or entering full-screen mode, to a variant on MFSA 2005-34 Synthetic events are now prevented from reaching the browser UI entirely rather than depend on each potentially spoofed function to protect itself from untrusted events (MFSA 2005-45). Scripts in XBL controls from web content continued to be run even when Javascript was disabled. By itself this causes no harm, but it could be combined with most script-based exploits to attack people running vulnerable versions who thought disabling javascript would protect them. In the Thunderbird and Mozilla Suite mail clients Javascript is disabled by default for protection against denial-of-service attacks and worms; this vulnerability could be used to bypass that protection (MFSA 2005-46). When InstallVersion.compareTo() is passed an object rather than a string it assumed the object was another InstallVersion without verifying it. When passed a different kind of object the browser would generally crash with an access violation. shutdown has demonstrated that different javascript objects can be passed on some OS versions to get control over the instruction pointer. We assume this could be developed further to run arbitrary machine code if the attacker can get exploit code loaded at a predictable address (MFSA 2005-50). A child frame can call top.focus() even if the framing page comes from a different origin and has overridden the focus() routine. The call is made in the context of the child frame. The attacker would look for a target site with a framed page that makes this call but doesn't verify that its parent comes from the same site. The attacker could steal cookies and passwords from the framed page, or take actions on behalf of a signed-in user. This attack would work only against sites that use frames in this manner (MFSA 2005-52). Parts of the browser UI relied too much on DOM node names without taking different namespaces into account and verifying that nodes really were of the expected type. An XHTML document could be used to create fake elements, for example, with content-defined properties that the browser would access as if they were the trusted built-in properties of the expected HTML elements. The severity of the vulnerability would depend on what the attacker could convince the victim to do, but could result in executing user-supplied script with elevated "chrome" privileges. This could be used to install malicious software on the victim's machine (MFSA 2005-55). Improper cloning of base objects allowed web content scripts to walk up the prototype chain to get to a privileged object. This could be used to execute code with enhanced privileges (MFSA 2005-56). The updated packages have been patched to address these issue. Update: There was a slight regression in the handling of "right-click" menus in the packages previously released that is corrected with this new update.

Updated packages

10.2 i586

 dc5d6c3678f46e575bdc215ac7aa00e3  10.2/RPMS/mozilla-thunderbird-1.0.2-3.1.102mdk.i586.rpm
d3a4170ba3535057621ee85712bacc8d  10.2/RPMS/mozilla-thunderbird-devel-1.0.2-3.1.102mdk.i586.rpm
76b14e777bffb3c9f6bfde915f79a2ad  10.2/RPMS/mozilla-thunderbird-enigmail-1.0.2-3.1.102mdk.i586.rpm
77717fb74315ae1bb54dfea91d053441  10.2/RPMS/mozilla-thunderbird-enigmime-1.0.2-3.1.102mdk.i586.rpm
da50dfbc83a1cb3067479eada1727d4e  10.2/SRPMS/mozilla-thunderbird-1.0.2-3.1.102mdk.src.rpm

10.2 x86_64

 da471fbf66c976861717e0264fc46aaf  x86_64/10.2/RPMS/mozilla-thunderbird-1.0.2-3.1.102mdk.x86_64.rpm
6baf58a3cb334c6179f8d47c8255ac43  x86_64/10.2/RPMS/mozilla-thunderbird-devel-1.0.2-3.1.102mdk.x86_64.rpm
b35aaa288786860f96d4beb4b574db63  x86_64/10.2/RPMS/mozilla-thunderbird-enigmail-1.0.2-3.1.102mdk.x86_64.rpm
3728bee246d6e9aad8181e1d7529913d  x86_64/10.2/RPMS/mozilla-thunderbird-enigmime-1.0.2-3.1.102mdk.x86_64.rpm
da50dfbc83a1cb3067479eada1727d4e  x86_64/10.2/SRPMS/mozilla-thunderbird-1.0.2-3.1.102mdk.src.rpm

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