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Published Jul 30, 2012 | Updated Sep 15, 2017

Exploit:Java/CVE-2012-1723

Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

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Summary

Microsoft security software detects and removes this threat.

This threat uses a software vulnerability to download and run other files on your PC, including malware.

It runs when you visit a hacked website and you have a vulnerable version of Java. A number of legitimate websites could be hacked to unwillingly host this threat.

The following versions of Java are vulnerable:

  • JDK and JRE 7 Update 4 and earlier Java SE
  • JDK and JRE 6 Update 32 and earlier Java SE
  • JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 35 and earlier Java SE
  • SDK and JRE 1.4.2_37 and earlier Java SE

To check if you're running a vulnerable version of Java:

  1. Go to the control panel (Select Start then Control Panel)
  2. Select Programs. If Java is installed you will see it in the list of installed programs. Click it to open the Java Control Panel.
  3. On the General tab, click About to see which version of Java you have installed.

You might get a detection for this threat when you visit a website that has the malicious code, even if you're not using a vulnerable version of Java. This doesn't mean that you have been hacked; it means someone has tried to hack into your PC.

The vulnerability that this threat exploits is described in CVE-2012-1723.

Find out ways that malware can get on your PC.  

Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find other, hidden malware.

Update Java

Make sure you install all available Java updates. You can read more about this vulnerability and download software updates from these links:

You should remove older versions of Java, as keeping old and unsupported versions of Java on your PC is a serious security risk:

If you continue to get alerted about this threat, deleting your temporary Java files can help:

It's also important to keep your other software up to date:

Clear the cache

You should delete your temporary Internet files so your security software doesn't continue to detect this threat:

Get more help

You can also see our advanced troubleshooting page for more help.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

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