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Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:37:38 -0600
From: Kurt Seifried <>
CC: laurent Montel <>, Vincent Danen <>,
        Marc Deslauriers <>,,,
Subject: Re: CVE Request: KDE Pim

Hash: SHA1

On 07/17/2012 02:18 AM, laurent Montel wrote:
> Le lundi 16 juillet 2012 11:47:59 Vincent Danen a écrit :
>> * [2012-07-13 10:41:33 -0600] Kurt Seifried wrote:
>>> On 07/13/2012 06:25 AM, Marc Deslauriers wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> Could a CVE please be assigned to the following issue:
>>>> Javascript and external images were being loaded while
>>>> rendering HTML email in kmail. The downloaded Javascript was
>>>> then being interpreted.
>>>> See:
>>>> Marc.
>>> This seems like a security hardening issue to me, but I'm not a
>>> KDE person so did kdepim advertise itself as not executing
>>> JavaScript/etc?
>> Doing some digging, it looks like this was introduced in kdepim
>> 4.4, and would not affect earlier versions.  Can anyone confirm
>> this?
> No it was added in 4.6 or 4.7 when we ported to akonadi2 In 4.4 it
> didn't use *WebKit*
> and it didn't use same code : it used DOM::
> '  try { // Create a DOM Document from the HTML source 
> DOM::HTMLDocument doc;; doc.write( htmlSource ); 
> doc.close();
> mIsQuotedLine = false; mIsFirstTextNodeInLine = true; processNode(
> doc.documentElement() ); return doc.toString().string(); } '
> So for me it's just kmail > 4.6 (we released an old 4.6-akonadi)
> not necessary to try to fix in 4.4
> I CC David if he has more infos.
> I hope that it helps.
> Security problem is that we allows to use javascript. In 4.4 we
> don't have it.
> Regards.
>> I'm cc'ing Laurent Montel who made the commit, and who should be
>> able to shed some light as to when the vulnerability was
>> introduced, and also answer Kurt's question above.
>> Laurent, any information you can provide would be appreciated.
>> -- Vincent Danen / Red Hat Security Response Team

This one is a gray area however based on my understanding of the

The rendering engine/etc used by KDE Pim didn't support JavaScript
Things changed and JavaScript support was introduced
The devels realize this, and quickly move to disable JavaScript.

It seems like JavaScript was never meant to be supported in KDE Pim,
so in light of that I'm going to assign this a CVE as JavaScript
introduces a significant number of security issues and also violated
the principle of least surprise.

Please use CVE-2012-3413 for this issue.

- -- 
Kurt Seifried Red Hat Security Response Team (SRT)
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