TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Oracle Java LDAP Deserialization Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-13-248: 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 flaw exists within the handling of LDAP deserialization. An attacker can use a custom LDAP server to create objects in restricted packages, and leverage this to disable the Java sandbox and execute arbitrary code in the context of the 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