RE: iDEFENSE Security Advisory 11.22.04: Sun Java Plugin Arbitrar y Package Access Vulnerability
From: Sherlock, Nathan (Nathan.Sherlock_at_aimtrimark.com)
To: customer service mailbox <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 09:12:01 -0600
The workaround mentions the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM).
Note that MSJVM will reach its end of life on December 31, 2007 -
Microsoft is encouraging developers to transition away from MSJVM.
From: customer service mailbox [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, November 22, 2004 1:18 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: iDEFENSE Security Advisory 11.22.04: Sun Java Plugin Arbitrary
Package Access Vulnerability
Sun Java Plugin Arbitrary Package Access Vulnerability
iDEFENSE Security Advisory 11.22.04
November 22, 2004
Java Plug-in technology, included as part of the Java 2 Runtime Environment,
Standard Edition (JRE), establishes a connection between popular browsers
and the Java platform. This connection enables applets on Web sites to be
run within a browser on the desktop. More information about Java Plug-in
technology is available from http://java.sun.com/products/plugin/.
Remote exploitation of a design vulnerability in Sun Microsystems Inc.'s
Java Plug-in technology allows attackers to bypass the Java sandbox and all
security restrictions imposed within Java Applets.
A number of private Java packages exist within the Java Virtual Machine
(VM) and are used internally by the VM. Security restrictions prevent
Applets from accessing these packages. Any attempt to access these packages,
results in a thrown exception of 'AccessControlException', unless the Applet
is signed and the user has chosen to trust the issuer.
The problem specifically exists within the access controls of the Java to
which should not normally be possible from a Java Applet.
Successful exploitation allows remote attackers to execute hostile Applets
that can access, download, upload or execute arbitrary files as well as
access the network. A target user must be running a browser on top of a
vulnerable Java Virtual Machine to be affected. It is possible for an
attacker to create a cross-platform, cross-browser exploit for this
vulnerability. Once compromised, an attacker can execute arbitrary code
under the privileges of the user who instantiated the vulnerable browser.
iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Java 2
Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4.2_01 and 1.4.2_04 from Sun
Microsystems. It is suspected that earlier versions are vulnerable as well.
Various browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Firefox on both
Windows and Unix platforms can be exploited if they are running a vulnerable
Java Virtual Machine.
relies on the data transfer between the two components.
Other Java Virtual Machines, such as the Microsoft VM, are available and can
be used as an alternative.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
This issue has been fixed in J2SE v 1.4.2_06 available at:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name
CAN-2004-1029 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE
list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
06/29/2004 Initial vendor notification
06/30/2004 Initial vendor response
08/16/2004 iDEFENSE clients notified
11/22/2004 Public disclosure
Jouko Pynnonen (jouko[at]iki.fi) is credited with this discovery.
Get paid for vulnerability research
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