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    Java: More than the usual cup of coding coffee




    KNOWN ISSUES

    Java: More than the usual cup of coding coffee


    By Susan Bradley

    In this week's Top Story, "Security alert: Remove Java from your browsers," Woody Leonhard discusses why and how you should remove Java from your browsers. PC users conflate Java with JavaScript, and while both are vulnerable to malware attacks, Java is the more vulnerable of the two. Here's a quick tutorial on Java.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/known-issues/java-more-than-the-usual-cup-of-coding-coffee/ (opens in a new window/tab).

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    One more program part of which is written in Java -- Open Office/ Libre Office.
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    Re: Disable Java

    Very informative article, but there is one problem. I have Win 7 and the latest Java, 7.11, and the Security Tab on the Java Control Panel Does not even resemble what you show or point out in the article. There is no check box to enable/disable Java and no slider for security level, etc. In fact the only thing there at all is "Certificates". That's it. And nothing on any of the other tabs is related to the security function either. Any ideas?

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    General exploit question

    Can someone explain/direct me to info on how exploits are embedded into popular pages like CNN and others. How are these guy able to inject BAD code into someone elses page without there knowledge/permission. Are they actually forcing there way into the server and rewriting the pages?

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    Excellent article, thank you! I am the Director of IT at a school within a major university. To me, we are working in a situation that is the ultimate irony. We use several ORACLE applications for data warehousing and administrative systems. Unfortunately, these Oracle systems do not support the most current Java version - in fact, they are several versions behind and we have to continually push them to adopt newer, more secure Java versions to protect our systems and data. What's the irony you ask? Oracle OWNS Java!!!
    Simply astonishing!

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    I'm still rather confused about the difference between all these javas. Susan's explanation didn't help at all: If the thing I install and update (v7.11) is Java, and javascript is a different thing altogether but is used by webpages, why am I updating this first thing (not even sure what it is anymore) on so many computers?

    What is the relationship between the malware from webpages (javascript/ham??) and the v7.11 (java/hamster) thing?

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    Hi,

    Thought I'd try Secunia Online Software Inspector. BIG mistake. For the Office updates it said I needed all I got was a link to MS site to sell me the newer version. (Update link may have been buried on the page but I shouldn't have had to look.) It took away all my tabs in Firefox. (No big deal just frustrating) Worst of all was the horrendous slowing of my machine. Hard disk going berserk, CPU time through the roof, took probably a minute to load Taskmanager (literally) to get the thing to stop. I take a bit of pride on running a tight machine, keeping it virus and malware free but this was a big disappointment.

    Tried running it again after a reboot and before this post, same result. AFAIC definitely not recommended.

    Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRosenow View Post
    Excellent article, thank you! I am the Director of IT at a school within a major university. To me, we are working in a situation that is the ultimate irony. We use several ORACLE applications for data warehousing and administrative systems. Unfortunately, these Oracle systems do not support the most current Java version - in fact, they are several versions behind and we have to continually push them to adopt newer, more secure Java versions to protect our systems and data. What's the irony you ask? Oracle OWNS Java!!!
    Simply astonishing!
    Well, I don't know that you're experience is necessarily cross-platform; since this is a Windows forum, I'm assuming you're using Microsoft. Oracle has always catered to the corporate end developers over Microsoft, and Microsoft has never played well with the big boys in the corporate arena.

    Even so, there may be some issues with Oracle, since Open Source has moved to Open JDK for its products, including the now Libre Office. I am aware that development is both a collaborative and commercial venture, so we're speculating without more information. Cheers!

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