Re: Mozilla Thunderbird SMTP down-negotiation weakness

From: Tony Finch (dot_at_dotat.at)
Date: 10/26/05

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    To: Jason.Haar@trimble.co.nz
    Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 18:22:06 +0100
    
    

    Jason Haar <Jason.Haar@trimble.co.nz> wrote:
    >
    >Thunderbird explicitly allows you "TLS, if available" - which appears to
    >be what you refer to. However, there is a "TLS" - which means only do
    >TLS - and alert if the TLS certificate presented doesn't match a known
    >one (which would happen in a MITM).
    >
    >Are you referring to a bug in their "TLS" mode - or implying that "TLS,
    >if available" is somehow not... what it says it is...???
    >
    >Doesn't sound like a hole to me.

    The "TLS, if available" option is common to most MUAs and is a serious
    security problem.

    Thunderbird has other security-related user interface problems. For
    example, the account setup wizard creates accounts with insecure
    settings by default and then encourages users to log in immediately
    and compromise their passwords.

    http://www.livejournal.com/users/fanf/39428.html

    Tony.

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