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Technical Cyber Security Alert 2013-32A

Technical Cyber Security Alert 2013-32A
Posted Feb 2, 2013
Authored by US-CERT | Site us-cert.gov

Technical Cyber Security Alert 2013-32A - Multiple vulnerabilities in Java 7 could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

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Technical Cyber Security Alert 2013-32A

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National Cyber Awareness System

US-CERT Alert TA13-032A
Oracle Java 7 Multiple Vulnerabilities

Original release date: February 01, 2013
Last revised: --

Systems Affected

Any system using Oracle Java 7 (1.7, 1.7.0) including

* Java Platform Standard Edition 7 (Java SE 7)
* Java SE Development Kit (JDK 7)
* Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE 7)

All versions of Java 7 before Update 13 are affected. Web
browsers using the Java 7 plug-in are at high risk.


Multiple vulnerabilities in Java 7 could allow an attacker to
execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


The Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory for February 2013
addresses multiple vulnerabilities in the Java Runtime Environment
(JRE). Both Java applets delivered via web browsers and stand-alone
Java applications are affected, however web browsers using the Java
7 plug-in are at particularly high risk. Java 7 versions below
Update 13 are affected.

The Java 7 plug-in, the Java Deployment Toolkit plug-in, and Java
Web Start can be used as attack vectors. An attacker could use
social engineering techniques to entice a user to visit a link to a
website hosting a malicious Java applet. An attacker could also
compromise a legitimate web site and upload a malicious Java applet
(a "drive-by download" attack).

Some vulnerabilities affect stand-alone Java applications,
depending on how the Java application functions and how it
processes untrusted data.

Reports indicate that at least one of these vulnerabilities is
being actively exploited.

Further technical details are available in Vulnerability Note


By convincing a user to load a malicious Java applet or Java
Network Launching Protocol (JNLP) file, an attacker could execute
arbitrary code on a vulnerable system with the privileges of the
Java plug-in process.

Stand-alone java applications may also be affected.


Update Java

The Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory for February 2013
states that Java 7 Update 13 addresses these vulnerabilities.

Disable Java in web browsers

These and previous Java vulnerabilities have been widely targeted
by attackers, and new Java vulnerabilities are likely to be
discovered. To defend against this and future Java vulnerabilities,
consider disabling Java in web browsers until adequate updates have
been installed. As with any software, unnecessary features should
be disabled or removed as appropriate for your environment.

Starting with Java 7 Update 10, it is possible to disable Java
content in web browsers through the Java control panel applet. From
Setting the Security Level of the Java Client:

For installations where the highest level of security is required,
it is possible to entirely prevent any Java apps (signed or
unsigned) from running in a browser by de-selecting Enable Java
content in the browser in the Java Control Panel under the Security

If you are unable to update to at least Java 7 Update 10 please see
the solution section of Vulnerability Note VU#636312 for
instructions on how to disable Java on a per-browser basis.

Restrict access to Java applets

Network administrators unable to disable Java in web browsers may
be able to help mitigate these and other Java vulnerabilities by
restricting access to Java applets using a web proxy. Most web
proxies have features that can be used to block or whitelist
requests for .jar and .class files based on network location.
Filtering requests that contain a Java User-Agent header may also
be effective. For environments where Java is required on the local
intranet, the proxy can be configured to allow access to Java
applets hosted locally, but block access to Java applets on the


* Vulnerability Note VU#858729

* Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory - February 2013

* Setting the Security Level of the Java Client

* The Security Manager

* How to disable the Java web plug-in in Safari

* How to turn off Java applets

* NoScript

* Securing Your Web Browser

* Vulnerability Note VU#636312

* Java SE Development Kit 7, Update 13 (JDK 7u13)

* Do Devs Care About Java (In)Security? (Comment about proxy

Revision History

February 01, 2013: Initial release


Feedback can be directed to US-CERT Technical Staff. Please send
email to <cert@cert.org> with "TA13-032A Feedback VU#858729" in
the subject.

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