Oracle Java Webstart Trusted JNLP Extension Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

2011-02-15T00:00:00
ID ZDI-11-086
Type zdi
Reporter Peter Csepely
Modified 2011-11-09T00:00:00

Description

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Oracle's Java Runtime Environment. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the Java Webstart loader of the Java Runtime Environment. When parsing a .jnlp file containing an extension, the loader will honor the permissions defined within. This will allow one to explicitly define the security permissions of their java component which will then get executed. This will allow one to execute code outside of the context of the JRE sandbox.