USN-1521-1: IcedTea-Web vulnerabilities

31 July 2012

icedtea-web vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 11.04
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Summary

The IcedTea-Web Java web browser plugin could be made to crash or possibly run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted applet.

Software Description

  • icedtea-web - A web browser plugin to execute Java applets

Details

Chamal De Silva discovered that the IcedTea-Web Java web browser plugin could dereference an uninitialized pointer. A remote attacker could use this to craft a malicious web page that could cause a denial of service by crashing the web browser or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2012-3422)

Steven Bergom and others discovered that the IcedTea-Web Java web browser plugin assumed that all strings provided by browsers are NULL terminated, which is not guaranteed by the NPAPI (Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface). A remote attacker could use this to craft a malicious Java applet that could cause a denial of service by crashing the web browser, expose sensitive information or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2012-3423)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
icedtea-6-plugin - 1.2-2ubuntu1.1
icedtea-7-plugin - 1.2-2ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 11.10
icedtea-6-plugin - 1.2-2ubuntu0.11.10.2
Ubuntu 11.04
icedtea-6-plugin - 1.2-2ubuntu0.11.04.2
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
icedtea-6-plugin - 1.2-2ubuntu0.10.04.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

After a standard system update you need to restart your web browser to make all the necessary changes.

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