Note: This is an archival copy of Security Sun Alert 233324 as previously published on http://sunsolve.sun.com.|
Latest version of this security advisory is available from http://support.oracle.com as Sun Alert 1019019.1.
Date of Resolved Release
A Security Vulnerability in the Java Plug-in May Allow an Untrusted Applet to Elevate Privileges
1. ImpactA security vulnerability in the Java Plug-in may allow an applet that is downloaded from a website to bypass the same origin policy and leverage this flaw to execute local applications that are accessible to the user running the untrusted applet.
Sun acknowledges with thanks, John Heasman of NGSSoftware for bringing this issue to our attention.
2. Contributing FactorsThis issue can occur in the following releases (for Windows, Solaris, and Linux):
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 such as the following:
Java(TM) Plug-in 1.5.0_11-b03
The above indicates the version of the JRE the browser uses is 1.5.0_11.
3. SymptomsThere are no predictable symptoms that would indicate that the above issue is being exploited.
4. WorkaroundThere is no workaround for this issue. Please see the Resolution section below.
5. ResolutionThis issue is addressed in the following releases (for Windows, Solaris, and Linux):
JRE 6 Update 5 is available through the Java Update Tool for Microsoft Windows users.
JDK 6 Update 5 for Solaris is available in the following patches:
JDK 5.0 Update 15 for Solaris is available in the following patches:
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:
For more information on Security Sun Alerts, see 1009886.1.
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