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

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 40733


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


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(tm) 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(r) 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(r) Developer Kit for Linux and the Sun(tm) 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.


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

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 40733

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-1043.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.20 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/08/24

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:java-1.4.2-bea-uninstall, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.7, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/12/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3104, CVE-2008-3108

BID: 30140, 30147

RHSA: 2008:1043

CWE: 119, 264