SSRT3467 Sec. Vulnerability in Java

SSRT3467 Sec. Vulnerability in Java

Post by Security Ale » Fri, 31 Jan 2003 22:00:36

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 Originally issued: 27 Jan. 2003
 SSRT3467 Potential Sec. Vulnerability in Java VM, JSSE, Plug-in,
          and Webstart.

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PROBLEM: #1 A defect in the Java(TM) Virtual Machine may allow
            illegal access to protected fields or methods of an

         #2 The Java(TM) Secure Socket Extension (JSSE) may
            incorrectly validate the digital certificate of a web
            site. In addition, the Java Plug-in and Java Web Start
            may incorrectly validate the digital certificates of
            signed JAR files.

IMPACT: This bug may introduce potential vulnerabilities into any
        program. These defects includes the affected libraries.
        The resulting vulnerabilities may have one or more of the
        following impacts:  information leakage, incorrect
        execution of code.
        There are no known reported attacks based on these

PLATFORM: Any HP-UX system running the HP-UX version of Java 1.1.X,
          1.2.X, 1.3.X, and 1.4.X is affected by #1.

          The HP-UX versions of Java 1.3.X, 1.4.X and Webstart
 are affected by #2.

SOLUTION: Manual update to version of Java with the security fixes.
          The list below describes each Java/Webstart release, and
          the corresponding issue number it fixes.

           Note: Java 1.1.X has been obsoleted by Sun and HP;
                 no fix will be provided.
           Java (PA Only) issue #1
           Java (PA/IA)   issue #1/#2
           Java (PA Only) issue #1/#2
           Java (PA Only) issue #1/#2
           Webstart       issue #2

           Update to Java to:
         (PA Only) or
         (PA/IA)   or
         (PA Only) or
         (PA Only).
           Update Webstart to

AVAILABILITY: Updated releases are now available at:


 A. Background
    Javasoft has issued their Security Bulletins 110 and 111. These
    are herein named issue #1 and #2 respectively.

 B. Recommended solution
    Rectification of this issue requires a manual update to the
    appropriate version of the Java SDK and RTE, which contains
    the security fix from the website

       Update to the appropriate version of the Java SDK and RTE
       from the website

       1.1.X.   - No update for this defect (1.1 has been obsoleted
                  by Sun and HP; no fix will be provided)
       1.2.X    - (PA Only) issue #1
       1.3.X    - (PA/IA) issue #1/#2
       1.4.0.X  - (PA Only) issue #1/#2
       1.4.1.X  - (PA Only) issue #1/#2
       Webstart - issue #2

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Yours truly,
HP S/W Security Team
WTEC Cupertino, California