Note: This is an archival copy of Security Sun Alert 200040 as previously published on http://sunsolve.sun.com.|
Latest version of this security advisory is available from http://support.oracle.com as Sun Alert 1000032.1.
Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition
Date of Resolved Release
A vulnerability in the Virtual Machine of the Java Runtime Environment may allow an untrusted applet to elevate its privileges. For example, an applet may grant itself permissions to read and write local files or execute local applications that are accessible to the user running the untrusted applet.
Sun acknowledges with thanks, Azul Systems, Inc., for bringing this issue to our attention.
This issue can occur in the following releases (for Windows, Solaris, and Linux):
To determine the default version of the JRE that Internet Explorer uses:
To determine the default version of the JRE that Mozilla or Firefox browsers use, visit the URL "about:plugins".
The browser will display a page called "Installed plug-ins" which lists the version of the Java Plug-in:
Java(TM) Plug-in 1.5.0_11-b03
The above example indicates that the version of the JRE that the browser uses is 1.5.0_11.
There are no predictable symptoms that would indicate the issue described is being exploited.
There is no workaround for this issue. Please see the Resolution section below.
This issue is addressed in the following releases (for Windows, Solaris, and Linux):
This issue is addressed in the following release for Windows and Solaris 8:
JDK and JRE 6 Update 3 is available for download at the following links:
JDK 6 Update 3 for Solaris is available in the following patches:
JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 13 is available for download at the following link:
JDK 5.0 Update 13 for Solaris is available in the following patches:
SDK and JRE 1.4.2 is available for download at:
SDK and JRE 1.3.1 for Solaris 8 is available for download at:
SDK and JRE 1.3.1 has completed the Sun End of Life (EOL) process and is only supported for customers with Solaris 8 and Vintage Support Offering support contracts (see http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.3/download.html). Sun strongly recommends that users upgrade to the latest releases.
Note: When installing a new version of the product from a source other than a Solaris patch, it is recommended that the old affected versions be removed from your system. To remove old affected versions on the Windows platform, please see:
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