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Old 01-11-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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U.S. warns on Java software as security concerns escalate
Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:22am EST
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp's Java software, amplifying security experts' prior warnings to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf the Web.

Hackers have figured out how to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites.
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It is relatively rare for government agencies to advise computer users to completely disable software due to a security bug, particularly in the case of widely used programs such as Java. They typically recommend taking steps to mitigate the risk of attack while manufacturers prepare an update, or hold off on publicizing the problem until an update is prepared.
U.S. warns on Java software as security concerns escalate | Technology | Reuters
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:56 PM   #2
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Thanks, Cirsium!
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Should I update it or uninstall it?
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In the Tools menu on your browser you'll find Add-ons and Plug-ins. Within those lists you can simply Disable Java.
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A little more information on this security threat and some information on what to do to prevent infection:
Turn off your Java now - Dangerous vulnerability in latest Java version
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I have Windows 7. Access to Add and Remove programs - Start/Control Panel/Programs and Features. I uninstalled everything there where Oracle was the publisher.
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Opera-- I don't see anything regarding plug-ins.

O.K. In the Opera browser, Tools/ Advanced/ Plug-Ins. There is "Java Deployment Toolkit" Disabled. I don't see any way to remove it.


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My son is always warning me about java. When I get to the laptop, I'll delete it. I didn't know it had to be dealt with in every browser! I thought just disabling it in the operating system, Win7 would be enough.
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It may be that the reason Java was disabled in the browser was because i uninstalled it from the control panel? (Win. 7/Opera)
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what about on ipads? IOS 6 i thibk
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My Java is 6. The reports said issue 7 was the problem and using 6 was okay.
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