Sun and Blackdown Java: Applet privilege escalation — GLSA 200411-38

The Java plug-in security in Sun and Blackdown Java environments can be bypassed to access arbitrary packages, allowing untrusted Java applets to perform unrestricted actions on the host system.

Affected Packages

dev-java/sun-jdk on the x86 amd64 architecture
Affected versions < 1.4.2.06
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.2.06
dev-java/sun-jre-bin on the x86 amd64 architecture
Affected versions < 1.4.2.06
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.2.06
dev-java/blackdown-jdk on the x86 amd64 architecture
Affected versions < 1.4.2.01
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.2.01
dev-java/blackdown-jre on the x86 amd64 architecture
Affected versions < 1.4.2.01
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.2.01

Background

Sun and Blackdown both provide implementations of Java Development Kits (JDK) and Java Runtime Environments (JRE). All these implementations provide a Java plug-in that can be used to execute Java applets in a restricted environment for web browsers.

Description

All Java plug-ins are subject to a vulnerability allowing unrestricted Java package access.

Impact

A remote attacker could embed a malicious Java applet in a web page and entice a victim to view it. This applet can then bypass security restrictions and execute any command or access any file with the rights of the user running the web browser.

Workaround

As a workaround you could disable Java applets on your web browser.

Resolution

All Sun JDK users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/sun-jdk-1.4.2.06"

All Sun JRE users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/sun-jre-bin-1.4.2.06"

All Blackdown JDK users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/blackdown-jdk-1.4.2.01"

All Blackdown JRE users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/blackdown-jre-1.4.2.01"

Note: You should unmerge all vulnerable versions to be fully protected.

References

Release Date
November 29, 2004

Latest Revision
May 31, 2006: 02

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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