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Security warning for Java

jrp

San Pedro Garza García, MX
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Sun 20-Jan-13 04:39 PM | edited Sun 20-Jan-13 04:46 PM by jrp

The US Department of Homeland Security issued a security warning for Java through their Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) in a post on its Web site on Thursday evening.

Continuing fears and an escalation in warnings from security experts all over, state that hundreds of millions of business and consumer users are vulnerable to a serious flaw.

Hackers have discovered a weakness in Java 7 security that could allow the installation of malicious software and malware on machines that could increase the chance of identity theft, or the unauthorized participation in a botnet that could bring down networks or be used to carry out denial-of-service attacks against Web sites.

“This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits. Exploit code for this vulnerability is also publicly available.” said CERT.

It is therefore highly advisable to uninstall or disable Java 7.

A security patch was released by Oracle back in August, that did not fully work, so users are not confident a new patch will fully work either.

Furthermore, although the most vulnerable machine OS is Windows, other platforms have also been confirmed as vulnerable.

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