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Re: Java 7 Security Manager Bypass Vulnerability - Java 1.7.07 just released
From: "Hanson, Mike" <mhanson () CSS EDU>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:18:57 -0500

Has anyone seen a compromised computer on their campus related to this yet?
I am trying to determine how quickly we need to move on this. We are a
Banner school and a BlackBoard school and so we are using the 1.6 java
version fork because of compatibility issues with 1.7

Thank you.



Mike Hanson, CISSP
Network Security Manager
The College of St. Scholastica
Duluth, MN 55811



On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM, Chuck Braden <j-braden () tamu edu> wrote:

Oracle just released version 1.7.07 of Java.  In theory, it addresses the
zero day vulnerability****

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http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp****

*Download Java for your desktop computer now!*

*Version 7 Update 7*

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http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alert-cve-2012-4681-1835715.html
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Oracle Security Alert for CVE-2012-4681****

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Description****

This Security Alert addresses security issues CVE-2012-4681 (US-CERT Alert
TA12-240A) and two other vulnerabilities affecting Java running in web
browsers on desktops. These vulnerabilities are not applicable to Java
running on servers or standalone Java desktop applications. They also do
not affect Oracle server-based software.****

These vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication,
i.e., they may be exploited over a network without the need for a username
and password. To be successfully exploited, an unsuspecting user running an
affected release in a browser will need to visit a malicious web page that
leverages this vulnerability. Successful exploits can impact the
availability, integrity, and confidentiality of the user's system.****

In addition, this Security Alert includes a security-in-depth fix in the
AWT subcomponent of the Java Runtime Environment.****

*Due to the severity of these vulnerabilities, the public disclosure of
technical details and the reported exploitation of CVE-2012-4681 "in the
wild," Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply the updates provided
by this Security Alert as soon as possible*.****
Supported Products Affected****

Security vulnerabilities addressed by this Security Alert affect the
products listed in the categories below.  Please click on the link in the
Patch Availability column or in the Patch Availability 
Table<http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alert-cve-2012-4681-1835715.html#PatchTable>to access the 
documentation for those patches.
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Jimmy C Braden****

Information Security Officer****

AgriLife Information Technology****

979-862-7254****

j-braden () tamu edu****

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*From:* The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:
SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU] *On Behalf Of *Chuck Braden
*Sent:* Tuesday, August 28, 2012 3:19 PM
*To:* SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU
*Subject:* Re: [SECURITY] Java 7 Security Manager Bypass Vulnerability -
drop back to 1.6.34 if possible.****

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From what I am reading, the most recent version of 1.6 is 34 and it was
released on August 14 – the same date as 1.7.06. So technically, the code
fixes applied to 1.6.34 would provide some sense of protection from all the
vulnerabilities identified prior to 8/14 but still not be exploitable to
the zero day code that 1.7 is vulnerable to.  So far, no resource I have
identified is promoting such a workaround for that reason, YMMV.   As I
understand it 1.7 was released to support Arm cores. ****

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DL Link for 1.6.34 -
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre6-downloads-1637595.html
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See comments on – ****

http://isc.sans.edu/diary/Quick+Bits+about+Today+s+Java+0-Day/13984 ****

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This is what we know so far about the vulnerability: there is an exploit
in the wild, it works on the latest FireFox, and Chrome, and it targets
Java 1.7 update 6, there is currently no patch available, the exploit has
been integrated into the metasploit framework.****

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What this means: the potential hit rate for drive-by attacks is currently
elevated.  Since this is a java vulnerability, this may also affect more
than just Windows platforms (multi-platform attacks currently unconfirmed,
based on the multi-platform compatibility of java itself.) ****

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Update: Metasploit claims to work on Mac OS X via Safari.  So consider it
just a java issue and ignore the OS and the browser when considering if
you're exposed.****

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The next patch cycle from Oracle isn't scheduled for another two months
(October.)****

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What you can do: this places normal end-users in a pretty bad position,
relying mostly upon disabling, or restricting java and hoping that AV
catches the payload that gets installed.  None of these are really good
options.  There is a 3rd-party developed patch that is said to exist, but
it's not intended for end-users.  My current recommendations are to disable
java if you can (see Brian Kreb's handy guide here:
http://krebsonsecurity.com/how-to-unplug-java-from-the-browser/  ,) or
use something like no-script to help control where you accept and execute
java from.  ****

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Update: Downgrading to 1.6 might be an option for you as well, make sure
you're using the latest update.  Credit or blame Steven depending on how
that works out for you. (JK Steven.)****

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Suggested reading on the topic:****

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http://blog.fireeye.com/research/2012/08/zero-day-season-is-not-over-yet.html
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http://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/08/attackers-pounce-on-zero-day-java-exploit/
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http://www.deependresearch.org/2012/08/java-7-0-day-vulnerability-information.html
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Jimmy C Braden****

Information Security Officer****

AgriLife Information Technology****

979-862-7254****

j-braden () tamu edu****

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*From:* The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv
[mailto:SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU] *On Behalf Of *Bateman, Darrell
*Sent:* Tuesday, August 28, 2012 3:13 PM
*To:* SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU
*Subject:* [SECURITY] Java 7 Security Manager Bypass Vulnerability****

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Curious to know how you all plan to react to the Java 7 Security Manager
Bypass Zero-day Vulnerability.****

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http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2012-4681****

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*Darrell Bateman*

*Assistant Vice President for IT and ISO*

*Office of the Chief Information Officer*

*Information Technology Division*

*Texas Tech University*

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