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ASB-2011.0013 - [Win][UNIX/Linux] Java Runtime Environment: Denial of service - Remote/unauthenticated

Date: 10 February 2011
References: ESB-2011.0158  ESB-2011.0159  ESB-2011.0160  ESB-2011.0161  ESB-2011.0165.2  ASB-2011.0016  ESB-2011.0192  ESB-2011.0194  ESB-2011.0195  ESB-2011.0206.2  
ESB-2011.0210  ESB-2011.0259  ESB-2011.0272  ESB-2011.0274  ESB-2011.0279  ESB-2011.0280  ESB-2011.0281  ESB-2011.0282  ESB-2011.0435  ESB-2011.0498  ESB-2011.0715  
ASB-2011.0070  ESB-2011.0902  ESB-2011.1090.4  ESB-2011.1177  ESB-2012.0383  ESB-2012.0423  ESB-2012.0474  

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                         AUSCERT Security Bulletin

                               ASB-2011.0013
      Denial of Service vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment
                             10 February 2011

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:              JDK and JRE 6 Update 23 and earlier for Windows, Solaris, and Linux
                      JDK 5.0 Update 27 and earlier for Solaris 9
                      SDK 1.4.2_29 and earlier for Solaris 8
                      JDK and JRE 6 Update 23 and earlier for Windows, Solaris and Linux
                      JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 27 and earlier for Windows, Solaris and Linux
                      SDK and JRE 1.4.2_29 and earlier for Windows, Solaris and Linux
Operating System:     Windows
                      UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access:        Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:           Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:            CVE-2010-4476  
Member content until: Saturday, March 12 2011

OVERVIEW

        Oracle has announced details of a Denial of Service vulnerability in
        the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).


IMPACT

        Oracle has provided the following description of the vulnerability:
        
        "This Security Alert addresses security issue CVE-2010-4476 (Java
        Runtime Environment hangs when converting "2.2250738585072012e-308" to
        a binary floating-point number), which is a vulnerability in the Java
        Runtime Environment component of the Oracle Java SE and Java for
        Business products. This vulnerability allows unauthenticated network
        attacks ( i.e. it may be exploited over a network without the need for
        a username and password). Successful attack of this vulnerability can
        result in unauthorized ability to cause a hang or frequently repeatable
        crash (complete Denial of Service) of the Java Runtime Environment.
        Java based application and web servers are especially at risk from
        this vulnerability." [1]


MITIGATION

        Oracle advises those using affected versions of Java upgrade to
        appropriate newer versions outlined in their document. [1]
        
        It is expected that other vendors who package Java will update their
        packages shortly to resolve this vulnerability.


REFERENCES

        [1] Oracle Security Alert for CVE-2010-4476
            http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alert-cve-2010-4476-305811.html

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