Critical Mac OS X Java Vulnerabilities
Five months ago, CVE-2008-5353 and other vulnerabilities were publicly
disclosed, and fixed by Sun.
CVE-2008-5353 allows malicious code to escape the Java sandbox and run
arbitrary commands with the permissions of the executing user. This may
result in untrusted Java applets executing arbitrary code merely by
visiting a web page hosting the applet. The issue is trivially
Unfortunately, these vulnerabilities remain in Apple's shipping JVMs, as
well as Soylatte 1.0.3. As Soylatte does not provide browser plugins,
the impact of the vulnerability is reduced. The recent release of
OpenJDK6/Mac OS X is not affected by CVE-2008-5353.
* Mac OS X users should disable Java applets in their browsers and
disable 'Open "safe" files after downloading' in Safari.
* Soylatte users running untrusted code should upgrade to an
OpenJDK6-based release, where possible. No future releases of the
JRL-based Soylatte branch are planned at this time. If this is an
issue for you, please feel free to contact me.
* No work-around is available for users otherwise running Java
Proof of Concept
Unfortunately, it seems that many Mac OS X security issues are ignored
if the severity of the issue is not adequately demonstrated. Due to the
fact that an exploit for this issue is available in the wild, and the
vulnerability has been public knowledge for six months, I have decided
to release a my own proof of concept to demonstrate the issue.
If you visit the following page, "/usr/bin/say" will be executed on your
system by a Java applet, with your current user permissions. This link
will execute code on your system with your current user permissions. The
proof of concept runs on fully-patched PowerPC and Intel Mac OS X
compiled/decompiled: https://github.com/offensive-security/exploitdb-bin-sploits/raw/master/bin-sploits/8753.tgz (2009-javax.tgz)
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