Published: 19 October 2010
Unspecified vulnerability in the Networking component in Oracle Java SE and Java for Business 6 Update 21, 5.0 Update 25, 1.4.2_27, and 1.3.1_28 allows remote attackers to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability via unknown vectors. NOTE: the previous information was obtained from the October 2010 CPU. Oracle has not commented on claims from a reliable downstream vendor that HttpURLConnection does not properly check for the allowHttpTrace permission, which allows untrusted code to perform HTTP TRACE requests.
From the Ubuntu security team
It was discovered that the HttpURLConnection class improperly checked whether the calling code was granted the "allowHttpTrace" permission, allowing an attacker to create HTTP TRACE requests.
red hat description: HttpURLConnection improperly checked whether the calling code was granted the "allowHttpTrace" permission, allowing untrusted code to create HTTP TRACE requests.