Note: This is an archival copy of Security Sun Alert 269870 as previously published on http://sunsolve.sun.com.|
Latest version of this security advisory is available from http://support.oracle.com as Sun Alert 1021048.1.
Date of Resolved Release
Security Vulnerability in the Java Web Start Installer May be Leveraged to Allow Untrusted Java Web Start Application to Run As Trusted Application
A security vulnerability in the Java Web Start Installer may be leveraged to allow an untrusted Java Web Start application to run as a trusted application and execute arbitrary code. This may occur when a user opens a specially crafted web page that exploits this vulnerability.
Sun acknowledges with thanks, Peter Csepely, working with the Zero Day Initiative (http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/) and TippingPoint (http://www.tippingpoint.com/) 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, Solaris, and Linux:
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, Solaris, and Linux:
JDK and JRE 6 Update 17:
JRE 6 Update 17:
through the Java Update tool for Microsoft Windows users.
JDK 6 Update 17 for Solaris is available in the following patches:
Note 1: After release it was discovered that the following patches do not install: 125136-18, 125137-18, 125138-18, and 125139-18 (These are harmless because they do not install at all).
To resolve the issue described in this Sun Alert, please use the next revision of these patches as listed:
125136-19, 125137-19, 125138-19, and 125139-19
Note 2: 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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03-Dec-2009: Updated Resolution section for new patch information
Sun Java Standard Edition (Java SE)
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