Remote code execution in Oracle Java SE

Published: 2013-01-10 | Updated: 2017-01-13
Risk Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2013-0422
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
Java SE
Universal components / Libraries / Software for developers

Vendor Oracle

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Arbitrary code execution

Risk: Critical

CVSSv3.1: 9.2 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2013-0422

CWE-ID: CWE-399 - Resource Management Errors

Exploit availability: Yes


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

The weakness exists due to errors involving Java Management Extensions (JMX) MBean components. A remote attacker can create specially crafted Web site containing a malicious Java applet, trick the victim into opening it, invoke the setSecurityManager() function and execute arbitrary code outside the sandbox 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.


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Vulnerable software versions

Java SE: 5 Update 33, 5 Update 35, 5 Update 40, 6u10, 6u11, 6u12, 6u13, 6u14, 6u15, 6u16, 6u17, 6u18, 6u19, 6u20, 6u30, 6u32, 6u34, 6u41, 7, 7u2, 7u4, 7u6, 7u11

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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?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.