TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

(Pwn2Own) Oracle Java DriverManager Privilege Block Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-13-076: May 10th, 2013


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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 the usage of java.sql.DriverManager. The issue lies in an implicit call to toString() that is made within a doPrivileged block. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code under the context of the current process.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2013-03-29 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2013-05-10 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    James Forshaw (tyranid)