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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Oracle Java Web Start Vendors:   Sun
Java Web Start Buffer Overflows and Other Bugs Let Remote Users Read/Write Files and Execute Applications on the Target User's System
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019549
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1019549
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-1188, CVE-2008-1189, CVE-2008-1190, CVE-2008-1191   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Mar 7 2008
Original Entry Date:  Mar 6 2008
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information, Execution of arbitrary code via network, Modification of user information, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): SDK and JRE 1.4.2_16 and prior; JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 14 and prior; 6 Update 4 and and prior
Description:   Several vulnerabilities were reported in Java Web Start. A remote user can access files on the target user's system. A remote user can cause arbitrary applications on the target user's system to be executed.

A remote user can create a specially crafted applet that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a buffer overflow or other bug to gain access to files on the target system and execute arbitrary applications residing on the target system.

An anonymous researcher reported some of these vulnerabilities via TippingPoint.

Impact:   A remote user can create an applet that, when loaded by the target user, will access files or execute arbitrary applications on the target user's system.
Solution:   Sun has issued the following fixes.

* JDK and JRE 6 Update 5 or later
* JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 15 or later
* SDK and JRE 1.4.2_17 or later

JDK and JRE 6 Update 5 is available for download at the following links:

http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp
http://java.com/

JRE 6 Update 5 is available through the Java Update Tool for Microsoft Windows users.

JDK 6 Update 5 for Solaris is available in the following patches:

* Java SE 6: update 5 (as delivered in patch 125136-07 or later)
* Java SE 6: update 5 (as delivered in patch 125137-07 or later (64bit))
* Java SE 6_x86: update 5 (as delivered in patch 125138-07 or later)
* Java SE 6_x86: update 5 (as delivered in patch 125139-07 or later (64bit))

JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 15 is available for download at the following link:

http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index_jdk5.jsp

JDK 5.0 Update 15 for Solaris is available in the following patches:

* J2SE 5.0: update 15 (as delivered in patch 118666-16 or later)
* J2SE 5.0: update 15 (as delivered in patch 118667-16 or later (64bit))
* J2SE 5.0_x86: update 15 (as delivered in patch 118668-16 or later)
* J2SE 5.0_x86: update 15 (as delivered in patch 118669-16 or later (64bit))

SDK and JRE 1.4.2 is available for download at:

http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html

The vendor's advisory is available at:

http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-66-233323-1

Vendor URL:  sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-66-233323-1 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error, Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS), Windows (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Mar 7 2008 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Java Web Start Buffer Overflows and Other Bugs Let Remote Users Read/Write Files and Execute Applications on the Target User's System
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extras 4 and 5.
Apr 3 2008 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Java Web Start Buffer Overflows and Other Bugs Let Remote Users Read/Write Files and Execute Applications on the Target User's System
Red Hat has released a fix for java-1.5.0-ibm for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extras 4 and 5.
May 19 2008 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Java Web Start Buffer Overflows and Other Bugs Let Remote Users Read/Write Files and Execute Applications on the Target User's System
Red Hat has released a fix Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Supplementary.
Jun 18 2008 (VMware Issues Fix for ESX Server) Java Web Start Buffer Overflows and Other Bugs Let Remote Users Read/Write Files and Execute Applications on the Target User's System
VMware has issued a fix for VMware ESX Server.



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