TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Oracle Java JavaFX Arbitrary Argument Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-12-038: February 22nd, 2012

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Oracle Java. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within JavaFX, a downloadable Java extension. The JavaFX Jar file is signed by Oracle and can be installed without user interaction. Once installed it is possible to invoke the main method of any trusted class with arbitrary arguments and with a trusted call stack. This can be leveraged to remote code execution under the context of the user.

Vendor Response

Oracle has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2011-11-21 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2012-02-22 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Chris Ries