Java Vulnerabilities

Java Vulnerabilities

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:47 pm

I was going to post this last week but forgot about it. Java which is platform used for many things had a very large exploit available. They just patched it but there is apparently another exploit in the wild.

Java is not used on this site and most other sites don't use it. I haven't installed it on my current machine, simply no reason too yet. After considering it I'm not going to install it unless absolutely necessary. If you want uninstall this from your system you have to do it from the control panel and that's what I would recommend. Some sites or even applications on your computer may require this but you'll know it if you need it after you uninstall it. Weigh the risks and benefits. If you don't need it, don't reinstall it. It wouldn't surprise me if most people found out they don't need it at all.

One thing to note as there is confusion over Java and Javascript, these are two completely different things. Uninstalling Java will have no effect on Javascript. Javascript is used on a lot on web pages and is natively supported by all the major browsers . It is used to execute scripts on web pages. For example the insertion of smilies into posts here use Javascript, it wouldn't work without it. Javascript poses it's own security risk and if you're concerned about it you can disable it in your browsers options but you're going to lose a whole lot of features on a lot of web pages. You can get plugins like noscript for FF that will allow you to enable or disable Javascript on the sites you trust.
Richard S.
 
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Re: Java Vulnerabilities

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:26 pm

Richard S. wrote:there is confusion over Java and Javascript, these are two completely different things.


Thank you! I, for one, thought that they were one in the same.

This weeks local newspaper had an article suggesting that everyone delete Java. Also ZD Net, a tech on line place suggested removing it. They said it would take perhaps 2 years to repair it and until then it is a risk.

I just deleted it. I noticed it said "used rarely".
Freddy
 
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Re: Java Vulnerabilities

PostBy: dcrane On: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:32 pm

the fact is most these vulnerabilities exsist in everything, the only you or the public ever here about them is when they are released publicly (which is done for the purposes of forcing a patch), its always good to run a good anti virus often and do back ups often. rest assured the new java has vulnerabilties already (its just not public yet) like most things.
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Re: Java Vulnerabilities

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:59 pm

dcrane wrote:the fact is most these vulnerabilities exsist in everything, .


True but best practice is to eliminate the unneeded risks. If you don't need Java no reason to expose yourself.
Richard S.
 
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