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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2002.143 -- Sun Security Bulletin #00217
Java(TM) Web Start
19 March 2002
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Java Web Start 1.0.1_01, 1.0.1, and 1.0
Vendor: Sun Microsystems
Operating System: Solaris
Impact: Access Privileged Data
Access Required: Remote
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Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin
Bulletin Number: #00217
Date: March 18, 2002
Title: Java(TM) Web Start
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A Java(TM) Web Start application may gain access to restricted resources.
Sun recommends that users of affected releases upgrade to the latest
Java Web Start release listed in section 3 of this bulletin or upgrade
to Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition, v 1.4.
2. Affected Releases
The following releases are affected:
Java Web Start 1.0.1_01, 1.0.1, and 1.0
3. Latest Releases
Java Web Start 1.0.1_02:
Java 2 SDK, v 1.4:
4. Changes with Java Web Start 1.0.1_02
Java Web Start 1.0.1_02 will not allow use of any
Java Networking Launching Protocol(JNLP) settings of the form
<property name="NAME" value="VALUE"/> in unsigned applications,
unless the "NAME" begins with "jnlp." or "javaws."
Signed applications are not affected.
When Java Web Start 1.0.1_02 is used to open an unsigned application,
the message "Java Web Start Window" will appear in an inset in the
application's window. On Microsoft Windows platforms, the message will
be at the bottom of the application window. On the Solaris(TM)
operating environment and on Linux, the message will be near the
top of the application window, just below the window's title bar.
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