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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2007.0489 -- [Win]
Security Vulnerability With Java Web Start May Allow
Application to Escalate Privileges
8 August 2007
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Java Web Start, JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 11 and earlier
Java Web Start, SDK and JRE 1.4.2_13 and earlier
Publisher: Sun Microsystems
Operating System: Windows
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
CVE Names: CVE-2007-3504
Revision History: August 8 2007: Corrected error in the CVE Name field
July 3 2007: Added CVE Name and NGS advisory
July 2 2007: Initial Release
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Sun(sm) Alert Notification
* Sun Alert ID: 102957
* Synopsis: Security Vulnerability With Java Web Start May Allow
Application to Escalate Privileges
* Category: Security
* Product: Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition
* BugIDs: 6499357
* Avoidance: Upgrade
* State: Resolved
* Date Released: 28-Jun-2007
* Date Closed: 28-Jun-2007
* Date Modified:
A vulnerability in Java Web Start may allow an untrusted application
to grant itself permissions to overwrite any file that is writable by
the user running the application. This would include the user's
.java.policy file which would allow the application to invoke applets
or Java Web Start applications that can execute arbitrary code with
the permissions of the user running the untrusted application.
Sun acknowledges, with thanks, John Heasman of NGSSoftware Limited,
for bringing this issue to our attention.
2. Contributing Factors
This issue can occur in the following releases:
* Java Web Start in JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 11 and earlier
* Java Web Start in SDK and JRE 1.4.2_13 and earlier
1. Java Web Start in JDK and JRE 6 are not affected by this issue.
2. The Solaris Operating System is not affected by this issue.
3. The Linux Operating System is not affected by this issue.
To determine the version of Java on a system, the following command
can be run:
% java -version
java version "1.5.0_02-b09"
There are no reliable symptoms that would indicate the described issue
has been exploited.
To work around the described issue, disable Java Web Start
applications from being launched from a web browser as follows:
1. Right click on the "Start" button and select "Explore"
2. In the "Start Menu" window, select "Tools" => "Folder Options"
3. From the "Folder Options" window, select the "File Types" tab
4. From the "Registered File Types" window, scroll down and locate
the "JNLP - JNLP File"
5. Select the "JNLP - JNLP File" and click the "Delete" button
1. Select "Preferences" under the browser's "Edit" menu
2. In the "Preferences" window, select "Helper Applications" located
under the "Navigator" category
3. Under "Files types", scroll down and locate
4. Select "application/x-java-jnlp-file" and click the "Remove"
1. On Windows, applications may also be launched from the desktop icon
or from the "Start" menu if a shortcut was previously created for an
application. Unknown applications should not be launched through the
desktop icon or the Start Menu. Shortcuts can be removed by using the
Java Web Start Application Manager through the "Application/Remove
Shortcut" menu item. For more information, see:
2. It is also possible to launch applications through the command line
in Windows. Unknown applications should not be launched through the
command line. Sites may consider renaming the Java Web Start launcher
("javaws.exe" for Windows) to prevent Java Web Start from launching.
The launcher can be found at:
This issue is addressed in the following releases:
* Java Web Start in JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 12 or later
* Java Web Start in SDK and JRE 1.4.2_14 or later
J2SE 5.0 is available for download at the following link:
J2SE 1.4.2 is available for download at the following link:
Note: When installing a new version of the product, it is recommended
that the old affected versions be removed from your system. For more
information, please see:
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Copyright 2000-2006 Sun Microsystems, Inc., 4150 Network Circle, Santa
Clara, CA 95054 U.S.A. All rights reserved
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