RHEL 4 / 5 : thunderbird (RHSA-2009:0002)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 35315


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


Updated thunderbird packages that fix several security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.

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

Mozilla Thunderbird is a standalone mail and newsgroup client.

Several flaws were found in the processing of malformed HTML mail content. An HTML mail message containing malicious content could cause Thunderbird to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code as the user running Thunderbird. (CVE-2008-5500, CVE-2008-5501, CVE-2008-5502, CVE-2008-5511, CVE-2008-5512, CVE-2008-5513)

Several flaws were found in the way malformed content was processed.
An HTML mail message containing specially crafted content could potentially trick a Thunderbird user into surrendering sensitive information. (CVE-2008-5503, CVE-2008-5506, CVE-2008-5507)

Note: JavaScript support is disabled by default in Thunderbird; the above issues are not exploitable unless JavaScript is enabled.

A flaw was found in the way malformed URLs were processed by Thunderbird. This flaw could prevent various URL sanitization mechanisms from properly parsing a malicious URL. (CVE-2008-5508)

All Thunderbird users should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve these issues. All running instances of Thunderbird must be restarted for the update to take effect.


Update the affected thunderbird package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 35315

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2009-0002.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.20 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/01/08

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:thunderbird, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.7, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/01/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5500, CVE-2008-5501, CVE-2008-5502, CVE-2008-5503, CVE-2008-5506, CVE-2008-5507, CVE-2008-5508, CVE-2008-5511, CVE-2008-5512, CVE-2008-5513

BID: 32882

RHSA: 2009:0002

CWE: 20, 79, 200, 264, 399