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Update for OpenJDK 7 with IcedTea 2.3.4 plugs 0-day exploit.

The past week was buzzing with the 0-day exploit for Oracle’s Java browser plugin, but according to CERT, the OpenJDK was affected as well by the underlying bug. Oracle “hastily” patched this critical vulnerability (CVE-2012-3174) although now it seems that only this particular “attack vector” was patched but the underlying vulnerability remains, leaving the way open to other exploits.

Come what may, an update of IcedTea followed soon after, which will build OpenJDK packages which incorporate fixes for the vulnerability. The version of IcedTea which I use (upped to 2.3.4) builds a OpenJDK 7 Update 9 package – the same version as we already have (no idea why they did not lift the update version to 10 or 11 unless this was a hasty fix for this particular 0-day exploit), so what I did for my openjdk & openjre packages was increase the package BUILD number from “1alien” to “2alien” so that you can use upgradepkg to upgrade to the new package.

It appears that one of the main developers: GNU.Andrew (Andrew John Hughes from Redhat) has not yet updated his blog with news of the new icedtea releases. The aforementioned mailinglist post was his, so I expect that he will update his blog with all the details soon.

Here is the list with security fixes in the IcedTea 2.3.4 build of OpenJDK 7u9:

  • Security fixes:
    • S8004933, CVE-2012-3174: Improve MethodHandle interaction with libraries
    • S8006017, CVE-2013-0422: Improve lookup resolutions
    • S8006125: Update MethodHandles library interactions
  • Backports:
    • S7197906: BlockOffsetArray::power_to_cards_back() needs to handle > 32 bit shifts
  • Bug fixes:
    • G422525: Fix building with PaX enabled kernels.

Get my packages (Slackware 13,37 and newer) for OpenJDK 7u9_b30 build 2alien here and upgrade as soon as you can:

Further packages that are recommended/required:

  • Optional: If you want a Java browser-plugin you must install icedtea-web (OpenJDK itself does not contain such a plugin).
  • Required: The rhino package is a dependency of the openjdk/openjre package. It contains the JavaScript engine for OpenJDK.

I will repeat these notes:

  • You need to install either the JRE or the JDK package. Not both of them! If you are not a Java developer and never compile Java code, then you do not need the openjdk package and it will be sufficient to install the (smaller) openjre package instead.
  • If you are migrating to OpenJDK after having used Oracle’s Java binaries, make sure that you have removed both “jre” and “jdk” packages. Run a command like “removepkg /var/log/packages/jdk-* ; removepkg /var/log/packages/jre-*” to get rid of both. Then install the openjdk or openjre package. Logout and log back in after this package removal/installation, so that you will get the proper Java environment.
  • Test your java browser plugin online: or .

After upgrading you should see this when running java or javac:

$ java -version
java version “1.7.0_09”
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea7 2.3.4) (Slackware)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.2-b09, mixed mode)
$ javac -version
javac 1.7.0_09

I tested the new packages with a short game of MineCraft and running JMol… and had no issues.

Good luck! Eric



  1. weput

    Thank you eric

  2. Mike Langdon (mlangdn)

    Thanks Eric!

  3. Ignacio P.

    Thanks Eric!!

    You Rocks!

    Long life to Slackware!! 😛

  4. DEF

    Thanks !
    By any chance, will you also update the Slackware ARM package ?

  5. alienbob

    Hi DEF

    Rebuilding the slackwarearm package is a task for MoZes (Stuart Winter). I gave him the updated sources and he has already built a new package. I assume that it will hit his repository soon.


  6. Eduardo

    Thank you eric!

  7. gegechris99

    Thank you Eric for timely update of openjre

    I see only icedtea-web 1.3.1 on server Is it just a sync issue?

  8. gegechris99

    Sorry about misguided comment on IcedTea-web.

    I read too quickly your post which mentioned IcedTea 2.3.4 to build openJDK (and not IcedTea-web).

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