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iDefense Security Advisory 03.25.09
Mar 25, 2009
The Sun Java JRE is Sun's implementation of the Java runtime. For more
information, see the vendor's site found at the following link.
Remote exploitation of an integer signedness vulnerability in Sun
Microsystems Inc.'s Java JRE could allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.
The vulnerability exists within the font parsing code in the JRE. As
part of its font API, the JRE provides the ability to load a font from
a remote URL.
The vulnerability occurs when parsing glyph description instructions in
the font file. When parsing the glyph descriptions, a 16bit signed
counter is used as the index to store the next glyph point value. This
counter is compared to a 32bit value that represents the maximum size
of the heap buffer. Under certain conditions, the 16bit counter will be
interpreted as a negative value, which allows the attacker to store data
before the allocated buffer.
Exploitation allows attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context
of the currently logged-on user. To exploit this vulnerability, a
targeted user must load a malicious Web page created by an attacker. An
attacker typically accomplishes this via social engineering or injecting
content into compromised, trusted sites.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Sun
Microsystem Inc.'s Java JRE version 1.6.0_11 for Windows. Previous
versions and versions for other platforms may also be affected.
Sun Microsystems reports that the vulnerability can occur in the
following Java SE and Java SE for Business releases for Windows,
Solaris, and Linux:
* JDK and JRE 6 Update 12 and earlier
* JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 17 and earlier
There is a potential workaround for the vulnerability, but it renders
the JRE unusable. It is possible to use the cacls program to change the
file permissions on fontmanager.dll. This will prevent the vulnerable
library from loading. This workaround can be applied with the following
echo y| cacls "C:\Program
Files\Java\**JRE_VERSION**\bin\fontmanager.dll" /E /P everyone:N
However, this workaround has a serious impact on the functionality of
the JRE. When a webpage attempts to load an applet, the JRE will abort
with a runtime error, and the browser will close.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Sun Microsystem Inc. has released a patch which addresses this issue.
For more information, consult their advisory at the following URL:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
02/18/2009 - Initial Contact
02/18/2009 - PoC Requested
02/19/2009 - PoC Sent
03/10/2009 - Disclosure Date Set
03/25/2009 - Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson, iDefense.
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