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A proof-of-concept (PoC) code demonstrating a newly disclosed digital signature bypass vulnerability in Java has been shared online.

The high-severity flaw in question, CVE-2022-21449 (CVSS score: 7.5), impacts the following versions of Java SE and Oracle GraalVM Enterprise Edition –

  • Oracle Java SE: 7u331, 8u321, 11.0.14, 17.0.2, 18
  • Oracle GraalVM Enterprise Edition: 20.3.5, 21.3.1,

The issue resides in Java’s implementation of the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA), a cryptographic mechanism to digitally sign messages and data for verifying the authenticity and the integrity of the contents.

In a nutshell, the cryptographic blunder — dubbed Psychic Signatures in Java — makes it possible to present a totally blank signature, which would still be perceived as valid by the vulnerable implementation.

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