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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:25 AM

Oracle releases emergency Java update

Source: Chicago Tribune

Oracle Corp. released an emergency update to its Java software for surfing the Web on Sunday, but security experts said the update fails to protect PCs from attack by hackers intent on committing cyber crimes.

The software maker released the update just days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged PC users to disable the program because of bugs in the software that were being exploited to commit identity theft and other crimes.

Oracle's failure to quickly secure the software means that PCs running Java in their browsers remain vulnerable to attack by criminals seeking to steal credit-card numbers, banking credentials, passwords and commit other types of computer crimes.


Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/technology/chi-java-update-oracle-updates-java-security-experts-say-bugs-remain-20130114,0,7822126.story

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Reply Oracle releases emergency Java update (Original post)
brooklynite Jan 2013 OP
hlthe2b Jan 2013 #1
DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #2
brooklynite Jan 2013 #4
DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #5
Historic NY Jan 2013 #3
tridim Jan 2013 #6
OKNancy Jan 2013 #7

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:33 AM

1. I disabled java in all my browsers, but interesting, internet explorer ceased to function afterwards

(under windows 7)... It wouldn't load webpages, that had previously been in cache or it would load just a tiny bit VEEERY slowly and lock up, wouldn't let me change any settings...

I had IE 9, had to google how to uninstall it, but IE8 that remained did the same thing. Again, after googling how to uninstall under windows 7 (neither show up in control panel programs), I finally have gotten rid of all traces of internet explorer.

Foxfire remained fine and I added chrome for those few sites that seem not to like Mozilla products.

Whatever the issue with internet explorer, I am absolutely done with it...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:39 AM

2. Don't bother to look for the download ..... yet.

The article referenced fails to mention:

Oracle says Java update coming Tuesday http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025171/oracle-says-java-update-coming-tuesday.html


Here's how to disable Java in FireFox: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/946838?esab=a&s=Disable+java&r=0&as=s

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:47 AM

4. No, it was released last night...

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:49 AM

5. Oops, goes to show...

...you can't always believe what you read in the press.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:41 AM

3. Wait the fix is buggered too.......

I deleted and reload all former bits and installed the newest version.......

I have Oracle Java 7 update 11

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:50 AM

6. Java needs to be put out of it's misery...

At least for the average user. Just disable it and don't look back.

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