Researcher Figure-out Yet Another Java Hole That Puts 1 Billion Users at Risk

Researcher Figure-out Yet Another Java Hole That Puts 1 Billion Users at Risk

Just as Oracle is ramping up for the September 30 start of JavaOne 2012 in San Francisco yet again another critical Java vulnerability has been spotted in the wild.  The Polish security researcher Adam Gowdiak has found another vulnerability in Java that could allow an attacker to bypass the sandbox. This newly discovered security hole has effected all latest versions of Oracle Java SE software. According to Security Explorations researcher Adam Gowdiak, who sent the email to the Full Disclosure Seclist, this Java exploit affects one billion users of Oracle Java SE software.” So far the researcher were able to successfully exploit the vulnerability and achieve a complete Java security sandbox bypass 
in the environment of Java SE 5, 6 and 7. Researcher could only claim such an impact with reference to Java 7 environment (the 
Apple QuickTime attack relying on Issues 15 and 22 is the only exception here). 

The following Java SE versions were verified to be vulnerable:

  • Java SE 5 Update 22 (build 1.5.0_22-b03)
  • Java SE 6 Update 35 (build 1.6.0_35-b10)
  • Java SE 7 Update 7  (build 1.7.0_07-b10)

All tests were successfully conducted in the environment of a fully patched Windows 7 32-bit system and with the following web browser applications:

  • Firefox 15.0.1
  • Google Chrome 21.0.1180.89
  • Internet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421 (update 9.0.10)
  • Opera 12.02 (build 1578)
  • Safari 5.1.7 (7534.57.2)
So far there are no reports that the vulnerability is being exploited for attacks. Oracle has not said whether or when it will close the vulnerability. Here we want to remind the very recent history, when several zero day vulnerability was found in all the version of java, which was added on BlackHole Exploit kit. Later Oracle released a patch to close the security hole. 


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