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From: iDefense Labs (labs-no-replyidefense.com)
Date: Thu Dec 04 2008 - 16:35:06 CST
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iDefense Security Advisory 12.02.08
Dec 02, 2008
The Sun Java JRE is Sun's implementation of the Java runtime. For more
information, see the vendor's site found at the following link.
Remote exploitation of an integer overflow vulnerability in Sun
Microsystems Inc.'s Java JRE could allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.
The vulnerability exists within the font parsing code in the JRE. As
part of its font API, the JRE provides the ability to load a font from
a remote URL. Various types of fonts are supported, one of which is the
TrueType format font. The vulnerability occurs when parsing various
structures in TrueType font files. During parsing, values are taken
from the file, and without being properly validated, used in operations
that calculate the number of bytes to allocate for heap buffers. The
calculations can overflow, resulting in a potentially exploitable heap
Exploitation allows attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context
of the currently logged on user. To exploit this vulnerability, a
targeted user must load a malicious web page created by an attacker. An
attacker typically accomplishes this via social engineering or injecting
content into compromised, trusted sites.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Sun
Microsystem Inc.'s Java JRE version 1.6.0_05 for Windows. Previous
versions may also be affected.
There is a potential workaround for the vulnerability, but it renders
the JRE unusable. It is possible to use the cacls program to change the
file permissions on fontmanager.dll. This will prevent the vulnerable
library from loading. However, this workaround has a serious impact on
the functionality of the JRE. When a webpage attempts to load an
applet, the JRE will abort with a runtime error, and the browser will
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Sun Microsystem Inc. has released a patch which addresses this issue.
For more information, consult their advisory at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
07/31/2008 Initial Vendor Notification
08/01/2008 Initial Vendor Reply
10/21/2008 Additional Vendor Feedback
11/26/2008 Additional Vendor Feedback
12/02/2008 Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Sebastian Apelt
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