Sun Java JRE/JDK Java Plugin Same-Origin access control

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A vulnerability was found in Sun Java JRE and JDK (Programming Language Software) (affected version not known). It has been classified as critical. Affected is some unknown functionality of the component Java Plugin Same-Origin Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-264. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, and integrity. CVE summarizes:

Unspecified vulnerability in the Virtual Machine for Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and JDK 6 Update 4 and earlier, 5.0 Update 14 and earlier, and SDK/JRE 1.4.2_16 and earlier allows remote attackers to gain privileges via an untrusted application or applet, a different issue than CVE-2008-1186, aka "the first issue."

The weakness was disclosed 03/05/2008 by John Heasman with NGSSoftware (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2008-1185 since 03/06/2008. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. A authentication is required for exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. This vulnerability is assigned to T1068 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. As 0-day the estimated underground price was around $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 34291 (Mac OS X : Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 7), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family MacOS X Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 165677 (SUSE Enterprise Linux Security Update Sun Java (SUSE-SA:2008:018)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 5622.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (41031), Tenable (34291), SecurityFocus (BID 28083†), OSVDB (42596†) and Secunia (SA29239†).







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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-264

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Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 34291
Nessus Name: Mac OS X : Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 7
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OpenVAS ID: 850018
OpenVAS Name: SurgeMail SurgeWeb Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability
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Researcher: John Heasman
Organization: NGSSoftware
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2008-1185 (🔍)

X-Force: 41031 - Sun Java Plugin unspecified security bypass, Medium Risk
SecurityFocus: 28083 - Sun Java SE Multiple Security Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 29239 - Sun Java JDK / JRE Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 42596 - Sun Java Web Start Untrusted Application Unspecified Privilege Escalation (6611594)
SecurityTracker: 1019550 - Java Plug-in Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Local Applications on the Target User's System
Vulnerability Center: 17796 - Sun JAVA VM for JRE and JDK Allows Remote Attackers to Gain Privileges via Untrusted Application, Medium
Vupen: ADV-2008-0770


Created: 03/18/2008 10:56 AM
Updated: 03/16/2021 12:28 PM
Changes: 03/18/2008 10:56 AM (96), 06/07/2017 04:04 PM (6), 03/16/2021 12:28 PM (3)
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