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SuSE: IBM Java 5 (SUSE-SA:2009:007) Print E-mail
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SuSE The IBM Java JRE 5 was brought to Service Release 9 fixing quite a number of security issues and bugs. The update fixes the following security problems...
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                        SUSE Security Announcement

        Package:                IBMJava5-JRE,java-1_5_0-ibm
        Announcement ID:        SUSE-SA:2009:007
        Date:                   Thu, 29 Jan 2009 14:00:00 +0000
        Affected Products:      SUSE SLES 9
                                Open Enterprise Server
                                Novell Linux POS 9
                                SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP2
                                SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2
        Vulnerability Type:     local privilege escalation
        Severity (1-10):        7
        SUSE Default Package:   yes
        Cross-References:       CVE-2008-2086, CVE-2008-5339, CVE-2008-5340
                                CVE-2008-5341, CVE-2008-5342, CVE-2008-5343
                                CVE-2008-5344, CVE-2008-5345, CVE-2008-5346
                                CVE-2008-5348, CVE-2008-5350, CVE-2008-5351
                                CVE-2008-5352, CVE-2008-5353, CVE-2008-5354
                                CVE-2008-5356, CVE-2008-5357, CVE-2008-5359
                                CVE-2008-5360

    Content of This Advisory:
        1) Security Vulnerability Resolved:
             IBM Java security problems
           Problem Description
        2) Solution or Work-Around
        3) Special Instructions and Notes
        4) Package Location and Checksums
        5) Pending Vulnerabilities, Solutions, and Work-Arounds:
            See SUSE Security Summary Report.
        6) Authenticity Verification and Additional Information

______________________________________________________________________________

1) Problem Description and Brief Discussion

   The IBM Java JRE 5 was brought to Service Release 9 fixing quite a
   number of security issues and bugs.

   The update fixes the following security problems:
   CVE-2008-5350: A security vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment
   (JRE) may allow an untrusted applet or application to list the contents
   of the home directory of the user running the applet or application.

   CVE-2008-5346: A security vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment
   (JRE) with parsing zip files may allow an untrusted applet or
   application to read arbitrary memory locations in the process that
   the applet or application is running in.

   CVE-2008-5343: A vulnerability in Java Web Start and Java Plug-in may
   allow hidden code on a host to make network connections to that host
   and to hijack HTTP sessions using cookies stored in the browser.

   CVE-2008-5344: A vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment
   (JRE) with applet classloading may allow an untrusted applet to read
   arbitrary files on a system that the applet runs on and make network
   connections to hosts other than the host it was loaded from.

   CVE-2008-5359: A buffer overflow vulnerability in the Java Runtime
   Environment (JRE) image processing code may allow an untrusted applet
   or application to escalate privileges. For example, an untrusted
   applet may grant itself permissions to read and write local files or
   execute local applications that are accessible to the user running
   the untrusted applet.

   CVE-2008-5341: A vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment
   may allow an untrusted Java Web Start application to determine the
   location of the Java Web Start cache and the user name of the user
   running the Java Web Start application.

   CVE-2008-5339: A vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
   may allow an untrusted Java Web Start application to make network
   connections to hosts other than the host that the application is
   downloaded from.

   CVE-2008-5340: A vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment with
   launching Java Web Start applications may allow an untrusted Java Web
   Start application to escalate privileges. For example, an untrusted
   application may grant itself permissions to read and write local
   files or execute local applications that are accessible to the user
   running the untrusted application.

   CVE-2008-5348: A security vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment
   (JRE) with authenticating users through Kerberos may lead to a Denial
   of Service (DoS) to the system as a whole, due to excessive consumption
   of operating system resources.

   CVE-2008-2086: A vulnerability in Java Web Start may allow certain
   trusted operations to be performed, such as modifying system
   properties.

   CVE-2008-5345: The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) allows code loaded
   from the local filesystem to access localhost. This may allow code that
   is maliciously placed on the local filesystem and then subsequently
   run, to have network access to localhost that would not otherwise
   be allowed if the code were loaded from a remote host. This may be
   leveraged to steal cookies and hijack sessions (for domains that map
   a name to the localhost).

   CVE-2008-5351: The UTF-8 (Unicode Transformation Format-8) decoder in
   the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) accepts encodings that are longer
   than the "shortest" form. This behavior is not a vulnerability in Java
   SE. However, it may be leveraged to exploit systems running software
   that relies on the JRE UTF-8 decoder to reject non-shortest form
   sequences. For example, non-shortest form sequences may be decoded
   into illegal URIs, which may then allow files that are not otherwise
   accessible to be read, if the URIs are not checked following UTF-8
   decoding.

   CVE-2008-5360: The Java Runtime Environment creates temporary files
   with insufficiently random names. This may be leveraged to write JAR
   files which may then be loaded as untrusted applets and Java Web Start
   applications to access and provide services from localhost and hence
   steal cookies.

   CVE-2008-5353: A security vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment
   (JRE) related to deserializing calendar objects may allow an untrusted
   applet or application to escalate privileges. For example, an untrusted
   applet may grant itself permissions to read and write local files or
   execute local applications that are accessible to the user running
   the untrusted applet.

   CVE-2008-5356: A buffer vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment
   (JRE) with processing fonts may allow an untrusted applet or Java Web
   Start application to escalate privileges. For example, an untrusted
   applet may grant itself permissions to read and write local files or
   execute local applications that are accessible to the user running
   the untrusted applet.

   CVE-2008-5354: A buffer overflow vulnerability in the Java Runtime
   Environment (JRE) may allow an untrusted Java application that is
   launched through the command line to escalate privileges. For example,
   the untrusted Java application may grant itself permissions to read
   and write local files or execute local applications that are accessible
   to the user running the untrusted Java application.

   This vulnerability cannot be exploited by an applet or Java Web
   Start application.

   CVE-2008-5357: A buffer vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment
   (JRE) with processing fonts may allow an untrusted applet or Java Web
   Start application to escalate privileges. For example, an untrusted
   applet may grant itself permissions to read and write local files or
   execute local applications that are accessible to the user running
   the untrusted applet.

   CVE-2008-5352: A buffer overflow vulnerability in the Java
   Runtime Environment (JRE) with unpacking applets and Java Web Start
   applications using the "unpack200" JAR unpacking utility may allow an
   untrusted applet or application to escalate privileges. For example,
   an untrusted applet may grant itself permissions to read and write
   local files or execute local applications that are accessible to the
   user running the untrusted applet.

   CVE-2008-5342: A security vulnerability in the the Java Web Start
   BasicService allows untrusted applications that are downloaded from
   another system to request local files to be displayed by the browser
   of the user running the untrusted application.

   References can be found on:
       http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/java/jdk/alerts/

2) Solution or Work-Around

   There is no known workaround, please install the update packages.

3) Special Instructions and Notes

   Make sure you restart all Java using applications after installing this update.

   While letting them run will usually work, they for instance lose access to dynamically
   loaded information like timezone data.
4) Package Location and Checksums

   The preferred method for installing security updates is to use the YaST
   Online Update (YOU) tool. YOU detects which updates are required and
   automatically performs the necessary steps to verify and install them.
   Alternatively, download the update packages for your distribution manually
   and verify their integrity by the methods listed in Section 6 of this
   announcement. Then install the packages using the command

     rpm -Fhv 

   to apply the update, replacing  with the filename of the
   downloaded RPM package.

   Our maintenance customers are notified individually. The packages are
   offered for installation from the maintenance web:

   SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&keywords=9a91147409995ade2d60bff341961c31

   SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP2
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&keywords=9a91147409995ade2d60bff341961c31

   Open Enterprise Server
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&keywords=8671eb8081c281a0c30b3955c9f0a7b6

   Novell Linux POS 9
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&keywords=8671eb8081c281a0c30b3955c9f0a7b6

   SUSE SLES 9
     http://download.novell.com/index.jsp?search=Search&keywords=8671eb8081c281a0c30b3955c9f0a7b6

______________________________________________________________________________

5) Pending Vulnerabilities, Solutions, and Work-Arounds:

   See SUSE Security Summary Report.
______________________________________________________________________________

6) Authenticity Verification and Additional Information

  - Announcement authenticity verification:

    SUSE security announcements are published via mailing lists and on Web
    sites. The authenticity and integrity of a SUSE security announcement is
    guaranteed by a cryptographic signature in each announcement. All SUSE
    security announcements are published with a valid signature.

    To verify the signature of the announcement, save it as text into a file
    and run the command

      gpg --verify 

    replacing  with the name of the file where you saved the
    announcement. The output for a valid signature looks like:

      gpg: Signature made  using RSA key ID 3D25D3D9
      gpg: Good signature from "SuSE Security Team "

    where  is replaced by the date the document was signed.

    If the security team's key is not contained in your key ring, you can
    import it from the first installation CD. To import the key, use the
    command

      gpg --import gpg-pubkey-3d25d3d9-36e12d04.asc

  - Package authenticity verification:

    SUSE update packages are available on many mirror FTP servers all over the
    world. While this service is considered valuable and important to the free
    and open source software community, the authenticity and the integrity of
    a package needs to be verified to ensure that it has not been tampered
    with.

    The internal rpm package signatures provide an easy way to verify the
    authenticity of an RPM package. Use the command

     rpm -v --checksig 

    to verify the signature of the package, replacing  with the
    filename of the RPM package downloaded. The package is unmodified if it
    contains a valid signature from build@suse.de with the key ID 9C800ACA.

    This key is automatically imported into the RPM database (on
    RPMv4-based distributions) and the gpg key ring of 'root' during
    installation. You can also find it on the first installation CD and at
    the end of this announcement.

  - SUSE runs two security mailing lists to which any interested party may
    subscribe:

    opensuse-security@opensuse.org
        -   General Linux and SUSE security discussion.
            All SUSE security announcements are sent to this list.
            To subscribe, send an e-mail to
                .

    opensuse-security-announce@opensuse.org
        -   SUSE's announce-only mailing list.
            Only SUSE's security announcements are sent to this list.
            To subscribe, send an e-mail to
                .

    =====================================================================
    SUSE's security contact is  or .
    The  public key is listed below.
    =====================================================================
______________________________________________________________________________

    The information in this advisory may be distributed or reproduced,
    provided that the advisory is not modified in any way. In particular, the
    clear text signature should show proof of the authenticity of the text.

    SUSE Linux Products GmbH provides no warranties of any kind whatsoever
    with respect to the information contained in this security advisory.
 
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