Sun and Blackdown Java: Applet privilege escalation — GLSA 200506-14

Sun's and Blackdown's JDK or JRE may allow untrusted applets to elevate their privileges.

Affected Packages

dev-java/sun-jdk on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.4.2.08
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.2.08
dev-java/sun-jre-bin on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.4.2.08
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.2.08
dev-java/blackdown-jdk on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.4.2.02
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.2.02
dev-java/blackdown-jre on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.4.2.02
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.2.02

Background

Sun and Blackdown both provide implementations of the Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

Description

Both Sun's and Blackdown's JDK and JRE may allow untrusted applets to elevate privileges.

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

There are no known workarounds at this time.

Resolution

All Sun JDK users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/sun-jdk-1.4.2.08"

All Sun JRE users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/sun-jre-bin-1.4.2.08"

All Blackdown JDK users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/blackdown-jdk-1.4.2.02"

All Blackdown JRE users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/blackdown-jre-1.4.2.02"

Note to SPARC users: There is no stable secure Blackdown Java for the SPARC architecture. Affected users should remove the package until a SPARC package is released.

References

Release Date
June 19, 2005

Latest Revision
June 19, 2005: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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