Saturday, September 1, 2007

Security Update : JDK/JRE

Slackware security team has released an update to fix security vulnerabilities found on several Java packages, including JRE and JDK. This package can be used from Slackware 12.0 back to 8.1. Here are the announcements and the changelog:
[slackware-security] java (jre, jdk) (SSA:2007-243-01)

Sun has released security advisories pertaining to both the Java Runtime Environment and the Standard Edition Development Kit.

One such advisory may be found here: http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-26-102995-1

Updated versions of both the jre and jdk packages are provided which address all known flaws in Java(TM) at this time. There may be more advisories on http://sunsolve.sun.com describing other
flaws that are patched with this update. Happy hunting!

Slackware repackages Sun's Java(TM) binaries without changing them, so the packages from Slackware 12.0 should work on all glibc based Slackware versions.

Fri Aug 31 13:33:54 CDT 2007
patches/packages/jre-6u2-i586-1.tgz:
Upgraded to Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition Runtime Environment Version 6.0 update 2. This update addresses code errors which could possibly be leveraged to compromise system security, though we know of no existing exploits.
This update consists of the official Java(TM) binaries repackaged in Slackware's package format, and may be used on any version of Slackware that is based on glibc.
For more information, see:
http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-26-102995-1
(* Security fix *)
An additional change was made to the script that Slackware uses to set environment variables for Java(TM). Now, after the $JAVA_HOME variable is set, the next variable settings make use of it, rather than hard-coding the path to $JAVA_HOME. This does not fix a bug, but is certainly better scripting style. Thanks to Jason Byrne and Jean-Christophe Fargette for suggesting this change.

extra/jdk-6/jdk-6u2-i586-1.tgz: Upgraded to Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition Development Kit Version 6.0 update 2. This update addresses code errors which could possibly be leveraged to compromise system security, though we know of no existing exploits. This update consists of the official Java(TM) binaries repackaged in Slackware's package format, and may be used on any version of Slackware that is based on glibc.
For more information, see:
http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-26-102995-1
(* Security fix *)
An additional change was made to the script that Slackware uses to set environment variables for Java(TM). Now, after the $JAVA_HOME variable is set, the next variable settings make use of it, rather than hard-coding the path to $JAVA_HOME. This does not fix a bug, but is certainly better scripting style. Thanks to Jason Byrne and Jean-Christophe Fargette for suggesting this change.