Last Updated: 2014-07-15 20:09:26 UTC
by Daniel Wesemann (Version: 1)
Welcome to the n-th iteration of "patch now" for Java on Workstations. Oracle today published their quarterly patch bulletin, and Java SE is once again prominently featured. This Critical Patch Update (CPU) contains 20 new security fixes for Oracle Java SE. Most of the vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication, and CVSS scores of 10 and 9.3 indicate that they can be readily exploited, and lead to full compromise. Which means that keystroke loggers, ebanking trojans, etc, will soon follow.
Oracle/Java is probably by now one of the most successful charities in the world, it continues to do an outstanding job at enabling significant wealth transfer to support poor cyber criminals and their families. Except that the sources of the funds usually have no idea, and didn't agree to donate directly from their bank accounts ...
After the past three years of repeated gaping holes in Java, we hope that by now you have found a way to remove Java from your computers entirely, or to at least no longer run the Java plugin within the web browser. Otherwise, it is back to the hamster wheel, to yet again re-test all your applications that still require Java, to check for the inevitable incompatibilities with this latest release, and then to expedite the roll-out. This is definitely a patch that you don't want to skip or delay.
The full Oracle patch bulletin is available here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujul2014-1972956.html#AppendixJAVA .
The other Oracle patches (for database, etc) released in today's patch CPU are still under analysis here at SANS ISC. I'll post about them later, if warranted.