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Sun Java JRE vulnerable to privilege escalation

Vulnerability Note VU#102289

Original Release Date: 2007-01-09 | Last Revised: 2007-05-16

Overview

A vulnerability in the Sun Java Runtime Environment may allow a malicious applet to gain elevated privileges.

Description

The Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) allows users to run Java applications in a browser or as standalone programs. Sun has made the JRE available for multiple operating systems.

Per Sunsolve Document ID 102731:
Two vulnerabilities related to serialization in the Java Runtime Environment may independently allow an untrusted applet or application to elevate its privileges.

Impact

An attacker may be able to run a Java applet on a vulnerable system with elevated privileges.

Solution

Upgrade
Sun has released an upgrade to address this issue. See Sunsolve Document ID 102731 for more details. To adjust the JRE update settings, see the update section of the Java deployment guide.

Disable Java

Disabling the Java browser plugin may prevent a malicious webpage from exploiting this vulnerability. See the Securing Your Web Browser for instructions on how to disable Java in your browser.

Vendor Information

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Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Updated:  January 09, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

There are no additional comments at this time.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

Apple Computer, Inc.

Notified:  January 18, 2007 Updated:  January 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

There are no additional comments at this time.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.


CVSS Metrics

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

References

Credit

Sun thanks Tom Hawtin for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-6745
Severity Metric: 29.24
Date Public: 2006-12-20
Date First Published: 2007-01-09
Date Last Updated: 2007-05-16 18:58 UTC
Document Revision: 41

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