Sun Microsystems updated Sun Alert 102760 today, providing another “after fix” update posting. The vulnerability released by this alert is in processing GIF images in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which may allow an untrusted applet to elevate privileges.

It is strongly advised that Sun Java be updated to Version 1.5.0_10 or the new Build Java SE 6, both of which were released in December, 2006.

Illustrated instructions for updating Sun Java are available in “SunFlowers and SunJava Update“.