The BEA WebLogic JRockit JRE and SDK contains BEA WebLogic JRockit Virtual Machine and is certified for the Java(TM) 2 Platform, Standard Edition, v1.6.0.
The java-1.6.0-bea packages are vulnerable to important security flaws and should no longer be used.
A flaw was found in the Java Management Extensions (JMX) management agent. When local monitoring was enabled, remote attackers could use this flaw to perform illegal operations. (CVE-2008-3103)
Several flaws involving the handling of unsigned applets were found. A remote attacker could misuse an unsigned applet in order to connect to services on the host running the applet. (CVE-2008-3104)
Several flaws in the Java API for XML Web Services (JAX-WS) client and the JAX-WS service implementation were found. A remote attacker who could cause malicious XML to be processed by an application could access URLs, or cause a denial of service. (CVE-2008-3105, CVE-2008-3106)
Several flaws within the Java Runtime Environment's (JRE) scripting support were found. A remote attacker could grant an untrusted applet extended privileges, such as reading and writing local files, executing local programs, or querying the sensitive data of other applets. (CVE-2008-3109, CVE-2008-3110)
The vulnerabilities concerning applets listed above can only be triggered in java-1.6.0-bea, by calling the "appletviewer" application.
BEA was acquired by Oracle(r) during 2008 (the acquisition was completed on April 29, 2008). Consequently, JRockit is now an Oracle offering and these issues are addressed in the current release of Oracle JRockit. Due to a license change by Oracle, however, Red Hat is unable to ship Oracle JRockit.
Users who wish to continue using JRockit should get an update directly from Oracle: http://oracle.com/technology/software/products/jrockit/.
Alternatives to Oracle JRockit include the Java 2 Technology Edition of the IBM(r) Developer Kit for Linux and the Sun(TM) Java SE Development Kit (JDK), both of which are available on the Extras or Supplementary channels. For Java 6 users, the new OpenJDK open source JDK will be included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 and will be supported by Red Hat.
This update removes the java-1.6.0-bea packages due to their known security vulnerabilities.