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Apple Fixes 15 Security Holes with Java

As a follow up to yesterdays post, Apple released a new version of Java for Mac to plug a total of 15 documented security vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution attacks via rigged Web pages.

The Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 5 includes patches for security holes covered by Sun Microsystems last month.

From Apple’s advisory:

  • Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Java 1.6.0_13, the most serious of which may allow an untrusted Java applet to obtain elevated privileges. Visiting a web page containing a maliciously crafted untrusted Java applet may lead to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the current user.
  • Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Java 1.5.0_19, the most serious of which may allow an untrusted Java applet to obtain elevated privileges. Visiting a web page containing a maliciously crafted untrusted Java applet may lead to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the current user.
  • Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Java 1.4.2_21, the most serious of which may allow an untrusted Java applet to obtain elevated privileges. Visiting a web page containing a maliciously crafted untrusted Java applet may lead to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the current user.
  • A stack buffer overflow exists in Java Web Start command launcher. Launching a maliciously crafted Java Web Start application may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 5 is available via the Software Update pane in System Preferences, or Apple’s Software Downloads Web site.

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