0-day Vulnerability Found in Java Spotted in the Wild

0-day Vulnerability Found in Java Spotted in the Wild

Yet another 0-day vulnerability found by FireEye's Malware Intelligence Lab that affects all the latest version of Java , including the current Java 7 update 6, are also vulnerable to the hole that is already being exploited in the wild. With the publication of a vulnerability notice by the US-CERT and warnings from the German BSI (Federal Office for Information Security), the best advice for all users is to disable Java applets in their browsers on all operating systems. The vulnerability can be exploited when a user visits a specially crafted web site and can be used to infect a system with malware. The code to exploit the problem is already available on the internet, making its use for infecting systems very likely. There is no patch available for the flaw so it is essential that users disable the Java plugins used by their browsers. Instructions for the various browsers can be found below:

Several security firms have already declared that, this newly found Java exploit had been added to Blackhole, a popular hacker's tool that bundles numerous exploits and tries each in turn until it finds one that will work against a personal computer. "Exploit code for the Java vulnerabilities has been added to the most prevalent exploit kit out there, Blackhole," said Websense in a short post on its company blog. The addition of the exploit to Blackhole was cited by FireEye researcher Atif Mushtaq in a similar blog entry yesterday as the basis for a spike in attacks. "After seeing the reliability of this attack, I have no doubt in my mind that within hours the casualties will be in the thousands," said Mushtaq.

-Source (The-H, CW)


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