Mozilla Plugs Thunderbird Security Hole

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-06-06 Print this article Print

The open-source company is having a nightmarish security week, fixing flaws in Firefox, a Firefox extension, SeaMonkey and now its e-mail client in six-day span.

Mozilla is certainly having a nightmarish security week. Late June 4, it released a security-fix Version of its Thunderbird e-mail client, after updating its Firefox browser, a Firefox Google toolbar extension and its SeaMonkey Web application suite—all within the last six days. The new Thunderbird replaces The version number was skipped to keep in sync with Firefox, a Mozilla spokesperson said.
The security fixes are detailed in the Thunderbird section of the Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories page. The most important fixes include a flaw in APOP authentication (which also affects the Mail & Newsgroups component of SeaMonkey) and a memory corruption bug (which also affects Firefox and SeaMonkey), the spokesperson said.
"The release of Thunderbird brings Thunderbird 1.5s security into line with that of Firefox, Firefox, and SeaMonkey 1.1.2 and 1.0.9, all of which were released last week," the spokesperson said. Thunderbird 1.5 was replaced by Thunderbird 2 in April but Version 1.5 will continue to be supported with security and stability updates until Oct. 18, the spokesperson said. Support for the equivalent Firefox 1.5, which was replaced by Firefox 2 last October, is currently being phased out. Thunderbird can be downloaded (10.2MB for Linux users) from the older Thunderbird releases Web page or via Thunderbirds built-in software update system. More details are available in the Thunderbird release notes. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEKs Security Watch blog.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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