Mozilla Thunderbird < 45.5.1 nsSMILTimeContainer.cpp SVG Animation RCE (macOS)

High Nessus Plugin ID 95473


The remote macOS or Mac OS X host contains a mail client that is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability.


The version of Mozilla Thunderbird installed on the remote macOS or Mac OS X host is prior to 45.5.1. It is, therefore, affected by a use-after-free error in dom/smil/nsSMILTimeContainer.cpp when handling SVG animations. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this issue, via a specially crafted web page, to deference already freed memory, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.


Upgrade to Mozilla Thunderbird version 45.5.1 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 95473

File Name: macosx_thunderbird_45_5_1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.7 $

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 2016/12/02

Modified: 2017/01/24

Dependencies: 56557

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

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


Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 8.1

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:mozilla:thunderbird

Required KB Items: MacOSX/Thunderbird/Installed

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/11/30

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/11/29

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Metasploit (Firefox nsSMILTimeContainer::NotifyTimeChange() RCE)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-9079

BID: 94591

OSVDB: 147993

MFSA: 2016-92

CERT: 791496