RHEL 5 / 6 : thunderbird (RHSA-2012:0388)

high Nessus Plugin ID 58339


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


An updated thunderbird package that fixes multiple security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having critical security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

Mozilla Thunderbird is a standalone mail and newsgroup client.

Several flaws were found in the processing of malformed content.
Malicious content could cause Thunderbird to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Thunderbird. (CVE-2012-0461, CVE-2012-0462, CVE-2012-0464)

Two flaws were found in the way Thunderbird parsed certain Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) image files. An HTML mail message containing a malicious SVG image file could cause an information leak, or cause Thunderbird to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Thunderbird. (CVE-2012-0456, CVE-2012-0457)

A flaw could allow malicious content to bypass intended restrictions, possibly leading to a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack if a user were tricked into dropping a 'javascript:' link onto a frame.

It was found that the home page could be set to a 'javascript:' link.
If a user were tricked into setting such a home page by dragging a link to the home button, it could cause Firefox to repeatedly crash, eventually leading to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user running Firefox. A similar flaw was found and fixed in Thunderbird. (CVE-2012-0458)

A flaw was found in the way Thunderbird parsed certain, remote content containing 'cssText'. Malicious, remote content could cause Thunderbird to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Thunderbird. (CVE-2012-0459)

It was found that by using the DOM fullscreen API, untrusted content could bypass the mozRequestFullscreen security protections. Malicious content could exploit this API flaw to cause user interface spoofing.

A flaw was found in the way Thunderbird handled content with multiple Content Security Policy (CSP) headers. This could lead to a cross-site scripting attack if used in conjunction with a website that has a header injection flaw. (CVE-2012-0451)

Note: All issues except CVE-2012-0456 and CVE-2012-0457 cannot be exploited by a specially crafted HTML mail message as JavaScript is disabled by default for mail messages. It could be exploited another way in Thunderbird, for example, when viewing the full remote content of an RSS feed.

All Thunderbird users should upgrade to this updated package, which contains Thunderbird version 10.0.3 ESR, which corrects these issues.
After installing the update, Thunderbird must be restarted for the changes to take effect.


Update the affected thunderbird and / or thunderbird-debuginfo packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 58339

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2012-0388.nasl

Version: 1.26

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/14/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:thunderbird, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:thunderbird-debuginfo, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.2

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/14/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/14/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0451, CVE-2012-0455, CVE-2012-0456, CVE-2012-0457, CVE-2012-0458, CVE-2012-0459, CVE-2012-0460, CVE-2012-0461, CVE-2012-0462, CVE-2012-0464

BID: 52456, 52457, 52458, 52459, 52460, 52461, 52463, 52464, 52465, 52467

RHSA: 2012:0388