USN-1625-1: Icedtea-Web vulnerability

7 November 2012

icedtea-web vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


The Icedtea-Web plugin could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted web page.

Software Description

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


Arthur Gerkis discovered a buffer overflow in the Icedtea-Web plugin. If a user were tricked into opening a malicious website, an attacker could cause the plugin to crash or possibly execute arbitrary code as the user invoking the program.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.10
icedtea-6-plugin - 1.3-1ubuntu1.1
icedtea-7-plugin - 1.3-1ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
icedtea-6-plugin - 1.2-2ubuntu1.3
icedtea-7-plugin - 1.2-2ubuntu1.3
Ubuntu 11.10
icedtea-6-plugin - 1.2-2ubuntu0.11.10.4
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
icedtea-6-plugin - 1.2-2ubuntu0.10.04.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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