Note: This is an archival copy of Security Sun Alert 269869 as previously published on http://sunsolve.sun.com.|
Latest version of this security advisory is available from http://support.oracle.com as Sun Alert 1021047.1.
Date of Resolved Release
Command Execution Vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment Deployment Toolkit May be Leveraged to Execute Arbitrary Code
A command execution vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment Deployment Toolkit may be leveraged to execute arbitrary code. This may occur as the result of a user of the Java Runtime Environment viewing a specially crafted web page that exploits this vulnerability.
Sun acknowledges with thanks, an anonymous researcher working with iDefense for bringing this issue to our attention.
2. Contributing Factors
This issue can occur in the following Java SE and Java SE for Business releases for Windows:
To determine the default version of the JRE that Internet Explorer uses, visit the URL:
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) Platform SE 6 U15
The above output indicates that the version of the JRE the browser uses is version 6 Update 15.
There are no predictable 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 Windows:
JDK and JRE 6 Update 17:
JRE 6 Update 17:
through the Java Update tool for Microsoft Windows users.
Java SE for Business releases are available at:
Note: It is recommended that the old affected versions of Java SE 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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