Gentoo: Sun and Blackdown Java Applet privilege escalation
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Gentoo Sun's and Blackdown's JDK or JRE may allow untrusted applets to elevate their privileges.
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200506-14
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: Sun and Blackdown Java: Applet privilege escalation
      Date: June 19, 2005
      Bugs: #96092, #96229
        ID: 200506-14

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Synopsis
========

Sun's and Blackdown's JDK or JRE may allow untrusted applets to elevate
their privileges.

Background
==========

Sun and Blackdown both provide implementations of the Java Development
Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

Affected packages
=================

    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package                 /  Vulnerable  /               Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  dev-java/sun-jdk           < 1.4.2.08                 >= 1.4.2.08
  2  dev-java/sun-jre-bin       < 1.4.2.08                 >= 1.4.2.08
  3  dev-java/blackdown-jdk     < 1.4.2.02                 >= 1.4.2.02
  4  dev-java/blackdown-jre     < 1.4.2.02                 >= 1.4.2.02
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     4 affected packages on all of their supported architectures.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------

Description
===========

Both Sun's and Blackdown's JDK and JRE may allow untrusted applets to
elevate privileges.

Impact
======

A remote attacker could embed a malicious Java applet in a web page and
entice a victim to view it. This applet can then bypass security
restrictions and execute any command or access any file with the rights
of the user running the web browser.

Workaround
==========

There are no known workarounds at this time.

Resolution
==========

All Sun JDK users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/sun-jdk-1.4.2.08"

All Sun JRE users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/sun-jre-bin-1.4.2.08"

All Blackdown JDK users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/blackdown-jdk-1.4.2.02"

All Blackdown JRE users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-java/blackdown-jre-1.4.2.02"

Note to SPARC users: There is no stable secure Blackdown Java for the
SPARC architecture. Affected users should remove the package until a
SPARC package is released.

References
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  [ 1 ] Sun Security Alert ID 101749
        http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-26-101749-1
  [ 2 ] Blackdown Java Security Advisory
        http://www.blackdown.org/java-linux/java2-status/security/Blackdown-SA-2005-02.txt

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200506-14.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0