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Risk Level 1: Very Low

August 27, 2012
August 27, 2012 3:27:27 PM
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Java.Awetook exploits a zero-day vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to escalate its privileges in order to download and run a malicious payload on the compromised computer.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version August 27, 2012 revision 009
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 19, 2013 revision 016
  • Initial Daily Certified version August 27, 2012 revision 016
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 31, 2012 revision 018
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date August 29, 2012
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Threat Assessment


  • Wild Level: Low
  • Number of Infections: 0 - 49
  • Number of Sites: 0 - 2
  • Geographical Distribution: Low
  • Threat Containment: Easy
  • Removal: Easy


  • Damage Level: Medium
  • Payload: Downloads a file onto the compromised computer.


  • Distribution Level: Low
Note: On May 14, 2015, modifications will be made to the threat write-ups to streamline the content. The Threat Assessment section will no longer be published as this section is no longer relevant to today's threat landscape. The Risk Level will continue to be the main threat risk assessment indicator.
Writeup By: Andrea Lelli

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