After applying the suggested updates (179) an error message at the very end of the process suggested me to run apt-get install -f.
Since it is a fairly new Ubuntu install (x86) I didn't setup anything in Thunderbird yet. Different error messages (see details) were generated with the -f process:
~$ sudo apt-get install -f Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Correcting dependencies... Done The following extra packages will be installed: thunderbird Suggested packages: latex-xft-fonts The following packages will be upgraded: thunderbird 1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. 2 not fully installed or removed. Need to get 0 B/20.8 MB of archives. After this operation, 594 kB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y (Reading database ... 170457 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to replace thunderbird 11.0.1+build1-0ubuntu2 (using .../thunderbird_12.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1_i386.deb) ... Unpacking replacement thunderbird ... dpkg-deb (subprocess): data: internal gzip read error: '<fd:4>: invalid code lengths set' dpkg-deb: error: subprocess <decompress> returned error exit status 2 dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives /thunderbird_12.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1_i386.deb (--unpack): short read on buffer copy for backend dpkg-deb during `./usr/lib/thunderbird/libxul.so' Errors were encountered while processing: /var/cache/apt/archives/thunderbird_12.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1_i386.deb E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)