Note: This is an archival copy of Security Sun Alert 244990 as previously published on http://sunsolve.sun.com.|
Latest version of this security advisory is available from http://support.oracle.com as Sun Alert 1019740.1.
Date of Resolved Release
A Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) May Allow Privileges to be Escalated
A buffer overflow vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) may allow an untrusted Java application that is launched through the command line to escalate privileges. For example, the untrusted Java application may grant itself permissions to read and write local files or execute local applications that are accessible to the user running the untrusted Java application.
This vulnerability cannot be exploited by an applet or Java Web Start application.
Sun acknowledges with thanks, Stefan Middendorf from Cirosec for bringing this issue to our attention.
Additional information on this issue can be found at:
2. Contributing Factors
This issue can occur in the following Java SE and Java SE for Business releases for Solaris, Windows and Linux:
Note: The above command only determines the default version. Other versions may also be installed on the system.% java -version
There are no reliable symptoms that would indicate the described issue has been exploited.
There is no workaround for this issue. Please see the Resolution section below.
This issue is addressed in the following Java SE and Java SE for Business releases for Solaris, Windows and Linux:
JDK 6 Update 11:
JRE Update 11:
and through the Java Update tool for Microsoft Windows users
JDK 6 Update 11 for Solaris is available in the following patches:
JDK 5.0 Update 17 for Solaris is available in the following patches:
Java SE for Business releases are available at:
Java SE releases SDK and JRE 1.4.2 have completed the Sun End of Service Life (EOSL) process. Sun recommends that users upgrade to the latest Java SE release. Customers interested in continuing to receive critical fixes on SDK and JRE 1.4.2 are encouraged to migrate to Java SE for Business.
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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