thunderbird handles mailto: links incorrectly, generates wrong receipient address

Bug #1288418 reported by Daniel Kessel on 2014-03-05
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
thunderbird (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Tested under xubuntu trusty daily. Not sure if the bug is in the chromium package or in thunderbird...

Thunderbird handles mailto: links correctly. I opened a link in chromium, and that caused the creation of a mail with "mailto:<email address hidden>" as the recipient. That is an error, and sending such a mail will always fail.

The user will have to manually check recipient addresses to avoid this issue.

I performed a package test from the QA tracker:

Test-case name: thunderbird/tb-005
This test will check that Thunderbird can send messages using mailto: links found on web sites

Clicking here should open a new email in Thunderbird with <email address hidden> as the recipient.
Clicking here should open a new email in Thunderbird with <email address hidden> as the recipient and "Just Testing" as the subject
Clicking here should open a new email in Thunderbird with <email address hidden> as the recipient, "Just Testing" as the Subject and should put two lines of text in the email body.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: thunderbird 1:24.2.0+build1-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-12.32-generic 3.13.4
Uname: Linux 3.13.0-12-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
AddonCompatCheckDisabled: False
ApportVersion: 2.13.2-0ubuntu5
Architecture: i386
 /dev/snd/controlC0: daniel 1483 F.... pulseaudio
BuildID: 20131206222113
Channel: Unavailable
CurrentDesktop: XFCE
Date: Wed Mar 5 22:12:38 2014
ForcedLayersAccel: False
 # interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)
 auto lo
 iface lo inet loopback
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-02-26 (6 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Alpha i386 (20140225)
 default via dev wlan0 proto static dev wlan0 proto kernel scope link src metric 9
Plugins: Shockwave Flash - /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/
PrefSources: prefs.js
Profiles: Profile0 (Default) - LastVersion=24.2.0/20131206222113 (In use)
RunningIncompatibleAddons: False
SourcePackage: thunderbird
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) 07/29/2009
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A06 CN0Y53
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.board.version: A06
dmi.chassis.type: 8
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.chassis.version: A06
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA06:bd07/29/2009:svnDellInc.:pnInspiron1011:pvrA06:rvnDellInc.:rnCN0Y53:rvrA06:cvnDellInc.:ct8:cvrA06: Inspiron 1011
dmi.product.version: A06
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.

Daniel Kessel (dkessel) wrote :
Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu Package testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:

tags: added: package-qa-testing
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in thunderbird (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in thunderbird (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Paul White (paulw2u) wrote :

We are sorry that we do not always have the capacity to review all reported bugs in a timely manner.

Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty) reached end-of-life on April 25,2019.

Does anyone still see a problem related to the one that was reported using a currently supported version of Ubuntu? Please let us know if you do and in which version of Ubuntu otherwise this report can be left to expire in approximately 60 days time.

Thank you for helping make Ubuntu better.

Paul White
[Ubuntu Bug Squad]

Changed in thunderbird (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for thunderbird (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in thunderbird (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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