Scientific Linux Security Update : java-1.6.0-openjdk on SL5.x i386/x86_64

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 60963


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A flaw was found in the Swing library. Forged TimerEvents could be used to bypass SecurityManager checks, allowing access to otherwise blocked files and directories. (CVE-2010-4465)

A flaw was found in the HotSpot component in OpenJDK. Certain bytecode instructions confused the memory management within the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which could lead to heap corruption. (CVE-2010-4469)

A flaw was found in the way JAXP (Java API for XML Processing) components were handled, allowing them to be manipulated by untrusted applets. This could be used to elevate privileges and bypass secure XML processing restrictions. (CVE-2010-4470)

It was found that untrusted applets could create and place cache entries in the name resolution cache. This could allow an attacker targeted manipulation over name resolution until the OpenJDK VM is restarted. (CVE-2010-4448)

It was found that the Java launcher provided by OpenJDK did not check the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable for insecure empty path elements. A local attacker able to trick a user into running the Java launcher while working from an attacker-writable directory could use this flaw to load an untrusted library, subverting the Java security model. (CVE-2010-4450)

A flaw was found in the XML Digital Signature component in OpenJDK.
Untrusted code could use this flaw to replace the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) XML Digital Signature Transform or C14N algorithm implementations to intercept digital signature operations.

Note: All of the above flaws can only be remotely triggered in OpenJDK by calling the 'appletviewer' application.

This update also provides one defense in depth patch. (BZ#676019)

All running instances of OpenJDK Java must be restarted for the update to take effect.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 60963

File Name: sl_20110217_java_1_6_0_openjdk_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2013/11/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2011/02/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-4448, CVE-2010-4450, CVE-2010-4465, CVE-2010-4469, CVE-2010-4470, CVE-2010-4472