Attackers have released exploit code that targets two previously patched vulnerabilities in Sun Microsystems Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and Java Software Development Kit (SDK).
The flaw could allow an attacker to remotely execute code on a Windows, Linux, or Solaris system. Sun issued patches for both vulnerabilities in December.
The vulnerabilities affect JRE 1.3.x, 1.4.x, and 1.5.x, as well as versions 1.3.x and 1.4.x of the Software Development kit and versions 1.5.x of the Java development kit (JDK).
Danish Security vendor Secunia rates one of the vulnerabilities as "highly critical," the company's second-highest level, due to the possibility for remote code execution.
Although uncommon, exploits against Java vulnerabilities occasionally pop up, said Eric Sites, vice president of research and development for Sunbelt Software.
"Sun has been very thorough and steady in the stuff it implements and how fast it implements it," said Sites.
Sites pointed out that Java is inherently a more secure system, because JRE uses so-called sandboxing that allow it to operate as a virtual machine that blocks access to other parts of the system.
Sites said that this latest exploit was particularly worrisome, as the code could be embedded in a small java application that launches from a browser window and could deliver a malicious payload very quickly.
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