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Sun Microsystems Security Bulletin Java Runtime Environment unauthorized command execution

Feb 23, 2001, 01:10 (2 Talkback[s])

Subject: Sun Security Bulletin #00201
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 13:06:46 -0500 (EST)
From: Mailing@hermes.java.sun.com


                   Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin

Bulletin Number:        #00201
Date:                   February 21, 2001
Cross-Ref:
Title:                  Java Runtime Environment unauthorized command execution

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1. Background

A vulnerability in certain versions of the Java Runtime Environment may allow malicious Java code to execute unauthorized commands. However, permission to execute at least one command must have been granted in order for this vulnerability to be exploited. Since no permission is granted by default, the circumstances necessary to exploit this vulnerability are relatively rare. In the Java Development Kit 1.1.x (JDK(TM) 1.1.x) (browsers included), an applet must be signed to have execute permission (signed applets may execute anything in JDK 1.1.x.)

This issue may or may not affect other vendors' Java technology implementations which are derived from Sun's JDK source base. Sun has notified and made the remedy available to its Java licensees.

To the best of Sun's knowledge, Netscape Navigator(TM) and Microsoft Internet Explorer are not exposed to this vulnerability.

Sun recommends that you upgrade to the latest JDK and JRE releases listed in section 3 of this bulletin.

2. Affected Releases

The following releases are affected:

Windows Production and Solaris(TM) Reference Releases

     SDK and JRE 1.2.2_005 or earlier
     SDK and JRE 1.2.1_003 or earlier
     JDK and JRE 1.1.8_003 or earlier
     JDK and JRE 1.1.7B_005 or earlier
     JDK and JRE 1.1.6_007 or earlier

     Solaris Production Releases

     SDK and JRE 1.2.2_05a or earlier
     SDK and JRE 1.2.1
     JDK and JRE 1.1.8_10 or earlier
     JDK and JRE 1.1.7B
     JDK and JRE 1.1.6
Linux Production Release

SDK and JRE 1.2.2_005 or earlier

Solaris Production releases SDK and JRE 1.2.1, and JDK and JRE 1.1.7B and 1.1.6 should no longer be used. In addition, releases prior to JDK and JRE 1.1.6 for Windows or Solaris should no longer be used. Users of these releases should upgrade to a later release listed in Section 3.

This vulnerability was fixed in Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition, v 1.3.

3. Binary Update Releases

The following update releases are available in relation to this issue.

Windows Production and Solaris Reference Releases

SDK and JRE 1.2.2_007 http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.2/ 
SDK and JRE 1.2.1_004 http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.2.1/ 
JDK and JRE 1.1.8_006 http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.1/ 
JDK and JRE 1.1.7B_007 http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.1.7B/ 
JDK and JRE 1.1.6_009 http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.1.6/ 
Solaris Production Releases

SDK and JRE 1.2.2_07 http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/java/download.html JDK and JRE 1.1.8_12 http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/java/archive.html

Linux Production Release

SDK and JRE 1.2.2_007 http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.2/download-linux.html


Sun acknowledges, with thanks, Pascal Brisset for bringing this issue to our attention.


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