A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. The Critical Patch Update for Java SE and Java for Business also includes non-security fixes. Critical Patch Updates are cumulative and each advisory describes only the security fixes added since the previous Critical Patch Update. Thus, prior Critical Patch Update Advisories should be reviewed for information regarding earlier accumulated security fixes. Please refer to:
Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts for information about Oracle Security Advisories.
Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply CPU fixes as soon as possible. This Critical Patch Update contains 29 new security fixes across Java SE and Java for Business products.
Security vulnerabilities addressed by this Critical Patch Update affect the products listed in the categories below. Please click on the link in the Patch Availability column or in the Patch Availability Table to access the documentation for those patches.
Affected product releases and versions:
|Java SE||Patch Availability
|JDK and JRE 6 Update 21 and earlier for Windows, Solaris, and Linux||Java SE|
|JDK 5.0 Update 25 and earlier for Solaris||Java SE|
|SDK 1.4.2_27 and earlier for Solaris||Java SE|
|Java for Business||Patch Availability|
|JDK and JRE 6 Update 21 and earlier for Windows, Solaris and Linux||Java for Business|
|JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 25 and earlier for Windows, Solaris and Linux||Java for Business|
|SDK and JRE 1.4.2_27 and earlier for Windows, Solaris and Linux||Java for Business|
Java SE and Java for Business fixes in this Update are cumulative; the latest Critical Patch Update includes all fixes from the previous Critical Patch Updates.
|Product Group||Risk Matrix||Patch Availability and Installation Information|
|Oracle Java SE and Java for Business||Oracle Java SE and Java for Business Risk Matrix||Oracle Java SE and Java for Business Critical Patch Update October 2010 My Oracle Support Note 1215628.1
Consumer users of Oracle Java SE can download the latest release from http://java.com. Users on the Windows platform can also use automatic updates to get the latest release
Risk matrix lists only security vulnerabilities that are newly fixed by the patches associated with this advisory. Risk matrices for previous security fixes can be found in previous Critical Patch Update advisories.
Several vulnerabilities addressed in this Critical Patch Update affect multiple products.
Security vulnerabilities are scored using CVSS version 2.0 (see Oracle CVSS Scoring for an explanation of how Oracle applies CVSS 2.0). Oracle conducts an analysis of each security vulnerability addressed by a Critical Patch Update (CPU). Oracle does not disclose information about the security analysis, but the resulting Risk Matrix and associated documentation provide information about the type of vulnerability, the conditions required to exploit it, and the potential result of a successful exploit. Oracle provides this information, in part, so that customers may conduct their own risk analysis based on the particulars of their product usage. As a matter of policy, Oracle does not disclose detailed information about an exploit condition or results that can be used to conduct a successful exploit. Oracle will not provide additional information about the specifics of vulnerabilities beyond what is provided in the CPU or Security Alert notification, the Patch Availability Matrix, the readme files, and FAQs. Oracle does not provide advance notification on CPUs or Security Alerts to individual customers. Finally, Oracle does not distribute exploit code or “proof-of-concept” code for product vulnerabilities.
Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply CPU fixes as soon as possible. Until you apply the CPU fixes, it may be possible to reduce the risk of successful attack by restricting network protocols required by an attack. For attacks that require certain privileges or access to certain packages, removing the privileges or the ability to access the packages from unprivileged users may help reduce the risk of successful attack. Both approaches may break application functionality, so Oracle strongly recommends that customers test changes on non-production systems. Neither approach should be considered a long-term solution as neither corrects the underlying problem.
Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply fixes as soon as possible. For customers that have skipped one or more Security advisories, please review previous advisories to determine appropriate actions.
Unsupported products, releases and versions are not tested for the presence of vulnerabilities addressed by this Critical Patch Update. However, it is likely that earlier versions of affected releases are also affected by these vulnerabilities. Hence Oracle recommends that customers upgrade their Oracle products to a supported version.
Critical Patch Update patches are not provided for product versions that are no longer supported. We recommend that customers upgrade to the latest supported version of Oracle products in order to obtain patches.
The following people or organizations reported security vulnerabilities addressed by this Critical Patch Update to Oracle: an Anonymous Reporter of TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative; Berend-Jan Wever of Google; Chris Ries of Carnegie Mellon University; iDefense Security alias of iDefense; Intevydis via TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative; Marc Schoenefeld of Red Hat; Marsh Ray of PhoneFactor; Matthias Kaiser (mka) via TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative; Roberto Suggi Liverani of Security-Assessment.com; Shane Garrett of IBM X-Force; Stefano Di Paola of Minded Security; Stephen Fewer of Harmony Security via Tippingpoint; Steve Dispensa of PhoneFactor; Tavis Ormandy of Google; and Thomas Stehle.
Oracle provides recognition to people that have contributed to our Security-In-Depth program (see FAQ). People are recognized for Security-In-Depth contributions if they provide information, observations or suggestions pertaining to security vulnerability issues that result in significant modification of Oracle code or documentation in future releases, but are not of such a critical nature that they are distributed in Critical Patch Updates.
For this Critical Patch Update, Oracle recognizes Stefano Di Paola of Minded Security for contributions to Oracle's Security-In-Depth program.
For the next calendar year, Oracle Java SE and Java for Business Critical Patch Updates will be released on the following dates:
|2010-October-12||Rev 1. Initial Release|
Appendix - Oracle Java SE and Java for Business
Oracle Java SE and Java for Business Executive Summary
This Critical Patch Update contains 29 new security fixes for Oracle Java SE and Java for Business. 28 of these vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e., may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password.
CVSS scores below assume that a user running a Java applet or Java Web Start application has administrator privileges (typical on Windows). Where the user does not run with administrator privileges (typical on Solaris and Linux), the corresponding CVSS impact scores for Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability are "Partial+" instead of "Complete", and the corresponding CVSS Base scores are 7.5, 6.8, and 5.1 instead of 10, 9.3, and 7.6 respectively.
My Oracle Support Note 360870.1 explains the impact of Java security vulnerabilities on Oracle products that include a JDK.
Oracle Java SE and Java for Business Risk Matrix