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VPR Score: 7.4
SynopsisThe remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionNOTE: This combination of rpm's replaces j2sdk-1.4.2 with jdk-1.5.0.
So your java will change from version 1.4.2 to 1.5.0. We apologize if this causes any problems, but it needed to be done for security reasons.
A flaw in the applet caching mechanism of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) did not correctly process the creation of network connections. A remote attacker could use this flaw to create connections to services on machines other than the one that the applet was downloaded from.
Multiple vulnerabilities existed in Java Web Start allowing an untrusted application to determine the location of the Java Web Start cache. (CVE-2007-5238)
Untrusted Java Web Start Applications or Java Applets were able to drag and drop a file to a Desktop Application. A user-assisted remote attacker could use this flaw to move or copy arbitrary files.
The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) allowed untrusted Java Applets or applications to display oversized Windows. This could be used by remote attackers to hide security warning banners. (CVE-2007-5240)
Unsigned Java Applets communicating via a HTTP proxy could allow a remote attacker to violate the Java security model. A cached, malicious Applet could create network connections to services on other machines. (CVE-2007-5273)
Unsigned Applets loaded with Mozilla Firefox or Opera browsers allowed remote attackers to violate the Java security model. A cached, malicious Applet could create network connections to services on other machines. (CVE-2007-5274) The Javadoc tool was able to generate HTML documentation pages that contained cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. A remote attacker could use this to inject arbitrary web script or HTML. (CVE-2007-3503)
The Java Web Start URL parsing component contained a buffer overflow vulnerability within the parsing code for JNLP files. A remote attacker could create a malicious JNLP file that could trigger this flaw and execute arbitrary code when opened. (CVE-2007-3655)
The JSSE component did not correctly process SSL/TLS handshake requests. A remote attacker who is able to connect to a JSSE-based service could trigger this flaw leading to a denial-of-service.
A flaw was found in the applet class loader. An untrusted applet could use this flaw to circumvent network access restrictions, possibly connecting to services hosted on the machine that executed the applet.
SolutionUpdate the affected java-1.4.2-sun-compat, java-1.5.0-sun-compat and / or jdk packages.