Oracle Java OpenAL Library Pointer Manipulation Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ID ZDI-12-083
Type zdi
Reporter Chris Ries
Modified 2012-06-22T00:00:00


This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Oracle Java. 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 in the Java OpenAL (JOAL) library. This library is not installed by default with Java, but it is available as a signed .jar package. The affected jar files are signed with a certificate that is trusted by default JRE installs and as such are downloaded and run without user interaction. Crafted Java applets can reach a call to 'dispatch_alDeleteBuffers1' that takes a user controllable int and uses it as a function pointer. This can lead to remote code execution under the context of the current process.