RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : java-1.4.2-bea (RHSA-2008:1043)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description :

java-1.4.2-bea as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Extras, Red
Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Extras, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Supplementary, contains security flaws and should not be used.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the
Red Hat Security Response Team.

The BEA WebLogic JRockit JRE and SDK contains BEA WebLogic JRockit
Virtual Machine and is certified for the Java⢠2 Platform, Standard
Edition, v1.4.2.

The java-1.4.2-bea packages are vulnerable to important security flaws
and should no longer be used.

Several flaws involving the handling of unsigned applets were found. A
remote attacker could misuse an unsigned applet in order to connect to
services on the host running the applet. (CVE-2008-3104)

A buffer overflow vulnerability was found in the font processing code.
This allowed remote attackers to extend the permissions of an
untrusted applet or application, allowing it to read or write local
files, as well as to execute local applications accessible to the user
running the untrusted application. (CVE-2008-3108)

The vulnerabilities concerning applets listed above can only be
triggered in java-1.4.2-bea by calling the 'appletviewer' application.

BEA was acquired by Oracle® during 2008 (the acquisition was
completed on April 29, 2008). Consequently, JRockit is now an Oracle
offering and these issues are addressed in the current release of
Oracle JRockit. Due to a license change by Oracle, however, Red Hat is
unable to ship Oracle JRockit.

Users who wish to continue using JRockit should get an update directly
from Oracle: http://oracle.com/technology/software/products/jrockit/.

Alternatives to Oracle JRockit include the Java 2 Technology Edition
of the IBM® Developer Kit for Linux and the Sun⢠Java SE
Development Kit (JDK), both of which are available on the Extras or
Supplementary channels. For Java 6 users, the new OpenJDK open source
JDK will be included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 and will be
supported by Red Hat.

This update removes the java-1.4.2-bea packages due to their known
security vulnerabilities.

See also :

http://www.nessus.org/u?826d01e9
http://oracle.com/technology/software/products/jrockit/
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008-1043.html

Solution :

Update the affected java-1.4.2-bea-uninstall package.

Risk factor :

Critical / CVSS Base Score : 10.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 40733 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2008-3104
CVE-2008-3108