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Remote code execution in Oracle Java SE



Published: 2012-08-26 | Updated: 2016-12-29
Severity Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2012-4681
CWE ID CWE-388
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
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Java SE
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Vendor Oracle

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Error Handling

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-2012-4681

CWE-ID: CWE-388 - Error Handling

Exploit availability: Yes [Search exploit]

Description

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

The weakness exists due to improper handling of Rhino Javascript errors. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted Web site, trick the victim into visiting it and bypass sandbox restrictions to download and execute arbitrary code  with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.

Mitigation

Update the latest version from vendor's website:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

Vulnerable software versions

Java SE: 6u10, 6u11, 6u12, 6u13, 6u14, 6u15, 6u16, 6u17, 6u18, 6u19, 6u20, 6u27, 6u30, 6u32, 6u34, 7, 7u2, 7u4, 7u6

CPE External links

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alert-cve-2012-4681-1835715.html

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.