Note: This is an archival copy of Security Sun Alert 230789 as previously published on http://sunsolve.sun.com.|
Latest version of this security advisory is available from http://support.oracle.com as Sun Alert 1018933.1.
Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition
Date of Resolved Release
A vulnerability in 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, Adam Gowdiak, for bringing this issue to our attention.
This issue can occur in the following J2SE releases:
Note: SDK and JRE 1.4.2_xx and earlier, and 1.3.1_xx releases for Windows, Solaris and Linux are not affected by this issue.
To determine the default version of the JRE on a system, the following command can be run:
Click "Start" Select "Run" Type "cmd" At the prompt, type "java -fullversion"
For Solaris and Linux:
% java -fullversion java full version "1.5.0_02-b09"
Note: The above command only determines the default version. Other versions may also be installed on the system.
There are no reliable symptoms that would indicate the described issue has been exploited.
There is no workaround. Please see the "Resolution" section below.
This issue is addressed in the following J2SE releases:
J2SE 5.0 is available for download at:
Note: It is recommended that affected versions be removed from your system. For more information, please see the installation notes on the respective java.sun.com download pages.
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