Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory - October 2012

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Details
Vulnerability name/brief description Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory - October 2012
CVE/CAN name
Vendor threat level Critical
SophosLabs threat level High
Solution Java JRE 1.6.0_37 Java JRE 1.7.0_09
Vendor description A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. The Critical Patch Update for Java SE 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 and Security Alert. Thus, prior Critical Patch Update and Security Alert advisories should be reviewed for information regarding earlier accumulated security fixes.
SophosLabs comments SophsoLabs see a large number of malicious Java files attempting to exploit systems. Patching Java is essential to combating these attacks.
SophosLabs testing result No SophosLabs testing result found
Currently known exploits
First sample seen No samples found
Discovery date Discovery date unknown
Affected software JDK and JRE 7 Update 7 and earlier
JDK and JRE 6 Update 35 and earlier
JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 36 and earlier
SDK and JRE 1.4.2_38 and earlier
JavaFX 2.2 and earlier
References
Credits No credits found
Revisions
  • October 16, 2012 - Initial anlaysis written

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Vulnerability Name/Brief Description:

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CVE/CAN Name:

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Vendor Threat Level:

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SophosLabs Threat Level:

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  • LOW RISK - There is little chance of this vulnerability being actively exploited by malware.
  • MEDIUM RISK - There is a possibility of this vulnerability being actively exploited by malware.
  • HIGH RISK - There is a strong possibility of this vulnerability being actively exploited by malware.
  • CRITICAL RISK - This vulnerability will almost certainly be actively exploited by malware.

Solution:

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Vendor Description:

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SophosLabs Comments:

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SophosLabs Testing Result:

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Currently Known Exploits:

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First Sample Seen:

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Discovery Date:

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Affected Software:

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