Published Feb 07, 2013|Updated Sep 15, 2017


Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

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Exploit:Java/CVE-2012-5076.GAA is a malicious Java applet that attempt to exploit a vulnerability (CVE-2012-5076) in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in order to download and install files of an attacker’s choice onto your computer.

If you visit a website containing the malicious code while using a vulnerable version of Java, Exploit:Java/CVE-2012-5076.GAA is loaded. It then attempts to download and execute files from a remote host/URL; the files that are downloaded and executed could include additional malware.

The following versions of Java are vulnerable to this exploit:

JDK and JRE 7 Update 7 and earlier

Steps you can take

The nature of this threat means that you may need to take some steps to prevent being vulnerable from this, and similar exploits. We suggest you:

  1. Clear the Java cache
  2. Update Java
  3. Remove older versions of Java

For detailed information about these steps, please see the Additional removal instructions below.


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