TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Oracle Java FileImageInputStream Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-13-247: October 16th, 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 vulnerability is inside the FileImageInputStream class. With the usage of this class, it is possible to disable the security manager and run code as privileged. This allows a malicious applet to execute attacker-supplied code resulting in remote code execution under the context of the current user.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2013-06-10 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2013-10-16 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Ben Murphy