Vulnerability Note VU#507652

Oracle Sun Java fails to properly validate Java applet signatures

Original Release date: 02 Apr 2010 | Last revised: 02 Apr 2010

Overview

Oracle Sun Java fails to properly validate Java applet signatures, which may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Signed Java applets have the ability to perform actions outside of the traditional Java sandbox, including local filesystem access or the ability to execute native code. When a user encounters a signed Java applet in a web page, the JRE will provide a dialog asking the user if they wish to run the application. The default for this dialog is "Always trust content from this publisher." This means that once a signed Java applet is executed, all applets that are determined to be signed by that vendor will execute without requiring any user interaction. Please see the CERT Vulnerability Analysis Blog for more details.

Oracle Sun Java contains a critical flaw in the validation of Java applet signatures. This vulnerability can allow an attacker to modify the contents of a signed Java applet without breaking the signature. The Oracle Critical Patch Update lists the following versions as being affected:
Java SE:

  • JDK and JRE 6 Update 18 and earlier for Windows, Solaris, and Linux
  • JDK 5.0 Update 23 and earlier for Solaris
  • SDK 1.4.2_25 and earlier for Solaris
Java for Business:
  • JDK and JRE 6 Update 18 and earlier for Windows, Solaris and Linux
  • JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 23 and earlier for Windows, Solaris and Linux
  • SDK and JRE 1.4.2_25 and earlier for Windows, Solaris and Linux

Impact

By convincing a user to execute a signed Java applet, e.g. by visiting a website, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Solution

Apply an update
This issue has been addressed by the Java updates specified in the Oracle Java Critical Patch Update - March 2010 document.


Disable Java

This and other Java vulnerabilities can be mitigated by disabling Java support in your web browser. Details are available in the Securing Your Web Browser document.

Disable signed Java

Details for disabling signed Java are available in the CERT Vulnerability Analysis Blog entry Signed Java Applet Security: Worse than ActiveX?.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Oracle CorporationAffected-02 Apr 2010
Sun Microsystems, Inc.Affected22 Oct 200802 Apr 2010
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A N/A

References

Credit

Thanks to Brian Bjerre Graversen of Signaturgruppen for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2010-0087
  • Date Public: 30 Mar 2010
  • Date First Published: 02 Apr 2010
  • Date Last Updated: 02 Apr 2010
  • Severity Metric: 27.34
  • Document Revision: 7

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