Remote code execution in Java

Published: 2010-04-10 | Updated: 2017-01-03
Severity Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2010-0886
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software Java SE Subscribe
Vendor Oracle

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Improper input validation

Severity: Critical

CVSSv3: 8.9 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:F/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2010-0886

CWE-ID: CWE-20 - Improper Input Validation


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to an error when parsing URL to a Java Networking Launching Protocol (.jnlp) file. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted link, trick the victim into clicking on it and execute arbitrary commands on the target system with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in compromise of vulnerable system.

Note: this vulnerability is being actively exploited.


Install JDK and JRE 6 Update 20.

Vulnerable software versions

Java SE: 6 Update 10, 6 Update 11, 6 Update 12, 6 Update 13, 6 Update 14, 6 Update 15, 6 Update 16, 6 Update 17, 6 Update 18, 6 Update 19

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, a fully functional exploit for this vulnerability is available.