Java: Conduit for new zero-day attack

Kathleen Atkins

In the Security & Backups forum this week, moderator Tinto Tech provides links to reports of a zero-day attack that uses Java to gainentry to machines.

Although the initial recommendation is to disable Java, various Lounge members debate whether you need Java at all. Join the discussion.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions for which you might have answers:

Office Applications    
General Productivity Need to install Office 2003 SP3 just for Publisher?
Word Processing Custom buttons in Word 2003 quit working
Spreadsheets Display graphic based on cell value per row
Databases Calculate data on subform; view in main form
Presentation Apps Video won’t play in PowerPoint 2010
Visual Basic for Apps Word: Apply protection to table captions
Microsoft Outlook Outlook 2010 autocomplete for contacts
Non-Outlook E-mail Tweaking Windows Live Mail for improved usability
Other MS Apps How long to keep old Framework files?
Windows 8 Microsoft Fresh Paint for Windows 8 is awesome — really!
General Windows How to prevent “battery/plugged in” from adjusting screen brightness
Windows 7 Installing old programs
  What’s this beast?
  Windows Photo Viewer behaves differently under user accounts
Windows Vista Strange Vista startup screen
Windows XP Fresh-install hosed hard drive
Windows Servers MS hypervisor server and Dell OpenManage
Internet Explorer IE 8 Google redirected to How to get rid of it?
Third-Party Browsers How to get rid of ib.adnxs popup
Application Servers Spam from Yahoo account coming to account
Networking Intermittent Web access
Social Media LinkedIn security/privacy concern: Finally wiped out profile
Software Development
Windows Programming Batch file won’t run
Web Design & Development CSS question: Arranging DIV containers
Other Technologies
Non-Microsoft OSes Can MacBook connect via VPN/RDP to PC?
Security & Backups Disable Java plugins to avoid new zero-day attack
Hardware Expansion drive not showing up in My Computer
Graphics/Multimedia Convert .chm files to .pdf?
Other Applications Transfer music, podcasts, etc. from iPhone to PC

starred posts: particularly useful

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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.