Déjà vu? Oracle may be dealing with another Java exploit

Share this article:

Oracle soon may have another Java version 7 unpatched exploit on its hands.

Hours after the company that maintains Java released a much-anticipated patch for a widespread malware attack, Polish research outfit Security Explorations said it discovered a new vulnerability in the software platform.

This bug, combined with previous flaws that it has reported to Oracle -- but which have so far gone unfixed -- could lead to a "complete JVM (Java Virtual machine) sandbox bypass in the environment of [the] latest Java SE (Standard Edition) software," Adam Gowdiak, the founder and CEO of Security Explorations, wrote in a Friday post to the Bugtraq mailing list.

His firm has delivered details of the vulnerability, along with a proof-of-concept, to Oracle. With the previous issue, exploit code leaked by someone, which enabled the attack to spread like wildfire.

Despite the patch from Oracle, most experts recommend that users permanently disable Java functionality in the browser. In fact, Microsoft, which makes the world's most heavily used browser, Internet Explorer, is developing a Fix-It tool to allow users to do just that.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

TOP COMMENTS

More in News

Adobe exploit used to spread Dyre credential stealer

Adobe exploit used to spread Dyre credential stealer

Users running vulnerable Adobe software could be in danger of having credentials for Bitcoin websites stolen.

Staples is investigating a potential issue involving credit card data

Staples is investigating a potential issue involving credit ...

The company said it is investigating a potential issue involving credit card data and that customers are not responsible for fraudulent activity on cards if an issue is discovered.

Skills set a priority over legacy prejudices, experts say

Skills set a priority over legacy prejudices, experts ...

Cybersecurity expert Winn Schwartau and Robert Clark, a cyber law attorney at the Army Cyber Institute, discussed issues around hiring in the information security industry.