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US Homeland Security Advises Against Java

Question asked by smriti in #Hacking and Security on Jan 13, 2013
smriti
smriti · Jan 13, 2013
Rank C3 - EXPERT
Apparently, Java has become a rather serious threat with US Homeland Security warning computer users against the potential vulnerabilities in Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 and earlier that can be exploited by malicious hackers. The most recommended solution as of now is to disable Java temporarily on any device that has access to the internet.

The once-ubiquitous computer language has a major security loophole in almost all its versions, as recently discovered by experts. This flaw has made Java machines a soft target for any hacker that intends to access personal information, monitor user activities on his computer or even run a code on the user's computer.

[caption id="attachment_45279" align="aligncenter" width="610"][​IMG] Disable Java in IE[/caption]

Apple has heeded the announcement and started to remotely disable Java for most Mac users. Mozilla too has begun to block Java in its browser. Note that the flaw exists in Java, and not Javascript. Java's presence on the web at least, has diminished and disabling it should be no trouble for users.

Source: The H Security Image Courtesy: CNET Posted in: #Hacking and Security

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