Scientific Linux Security Update : icedtea-web on SL6.x i386/x86_64 (20120731)

High Nessus Plugin ID 61406

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VPR Score: 5.9


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


The IcedTea-Web project provides a Java web browser plug-in and an implementation of Java Web Start, which is based on the Netx project.
It also contains a configuration tool for managing deployment settings for the plug-in and Web Start implementations.

An uninitialized pointer use flaw was found in the IcedTea-Web plug-in. Visiting a malicious web page could possibly cause a web browser using the IcedTea-Web plug-in to crash, disclose a portion of its memory, or execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2012-3422)

It was discovered that the IcedTea-Web plug-in incorrectly assumed all strings received from the browser were NUL terminated. When using the plug-in with a web browser that does not NUL terminate strings, visiting a web page containing a Java applet could possibly cause the browser to crash, disclose a portion of its memory, or execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2012-3423)

This erratum also upgrades IcedTea-Web to version 1.2.1.

All IcedTea-Web users should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve these issues. Web browsers using the IcedTea-Web browser plug-in must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected icedtea-web, icedtea-web-debuginfo and / or icedtea-web-javadoc packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 61406

File Name: sl_20120731_icedtea_web_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/03

Updated: 2020/09/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 5.9

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:icedtea-web, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:icedtea-web-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:icedtea-web-javadoc, x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2012/07/31

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2012/08/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-3422, CVE-2012-3423