The most common Minecraft exploits were most likely used in the past six months, according to research by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
In the past 12 months, the organisation said, there have been “five or more exploits” in a “significant number of different platforms”.
As of January this year, ASIO said it was still investigating six more.
This week, it said there were “several” more “exploit attempts” on different platforms.
ASIO was unable to provide a list of the platforms the exploits were used on, saying that it would have to contact those platforms.
The organisation’s report said there was a “trend in recent months for the development of more sophisticated exploits”.
“In particular, recent reports of the exploitation of a specific vulnerability in the Java runtime and the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) platform in the Windows operating system have been reported,” it said.
“In addition, some exploit attempts have been detected on the Apple iOS operating system, Microsoft Windows XP and Linux systems, and Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 10 and later operating systems.”
ASIO’s report added that the most commonly used exploits in the last six months were “a remote code execution vulnerability in Java (CVE-2017-0907) and a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Apache JAX-RS (CVE–2017-1210).”
“We also believe that exploits are being targeted in a variety of different languages, such as English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese,” it added.
ASio said that there had been a “decline in reported exploitation attempts” in the space in the months after its publication in December.
It noted that the number of reported exploits had risen in the first half of 2017, but that the figure was still “very low”.
The number of exploited exploits in a particular month has not always been stable, however.
In the same month as the publication of ASIO ‘s report, Microsoft said that its own security researchers were working on a new exploit in the game.
The number fell in January and February, but increased again in March and April.
Microsoft’s report noted that Microsoft had found a new way to exploit the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in the Mac version of Minecraft, but it did not provide details about what it was doing.
“We believe that it’s possible that other exploitation attempts have also been detected and that they are not being tracked,” it wrote.
“Therefore, we will be releasing further details of this discovery to our community and will provide more information as we do so.”
Microsoft’s statement did not address whether it was aware of other exploitation methods.
As of February, the latest version of Java had more than 300 known vulnerabilities.
The vulnerability affects Java version 6.0 and higher, and can be exploited with the following vulnerabilities: Java Runtime Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability (CVE) – CVE-2017.
This is an elevation of privilege vulnerability that allows an attacker to elevate privileges in Java applications that are running on an affected system.
This vulnerability is primarily present in the context of web-based browsers, but can be used by remote attackers to compromise other versions of Java as well.
An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current logged-on user.
The information in this advisory is accurate as of the date/time stamp listed above.
It is unknown if this vulnerability has been publicly disclosed or if it is being actively exploited.
For more information, see the Exploit Kit Exploit Database.
ASIA: Top 20 Java vulnerabilities that could be used to compromise a system, January 2017 article The ASIA report noted there was “no direct evidence” that any of the Java exploits used by the researchers had been used to attack servers, or in a way that could compromise users.
It added that there was no indication that any exploits were being used to take advantage of vulnerabilities in Java.
ASI said it had also not received any information about how to “detect and mitigate this vulnerability” or how to make sure that Java applications were being deployed with “appropriate security permissions”.
It said that it could not comment on the issue of whether there were exploits that could “target and compromise systems” or “be used to gain administrative privileges”.
“We will be providing further details as we go through our analysis of this data,” it continued.
“As a precaution, we have not identified any specific exploits that can be targeted and exploited by this type of attack.”
However, the ASIA reported that its report had not identified a single vulnerability that had been “patched”.
“It is important to note that this is an analysis and not a patch,” it concluded.
The ASIO report noted the prevalence of Java exploits was still relatively low compared to other technology areas.
“The prevalence of exploitation attempts across a wide range of platforms has remained relatively low since ASIO first published its report in December 2016,” it noted.
“Although this is a low proportion of reported