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U.S. warns on Java
software as security
concerns escalate

Reuters, by Jim Finkle

Original Article

Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 1/11/2013 2:32:41 PM

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp´s Java software, amplifying security experts´ prior warnings to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf the Web. Hackers have figured out how to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites. "We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem," the Department of Homeland Security´s Computer Emergency Readiness Team said

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/11/2013 3:01:58 PM     (No. 9111244)

Can you say: "Uninstall ?"

Like......right now ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mushroom, 1/11/2013 3:02:18 PM     (No. 9111246)

Yes, thieves at work. Here´s a better article:

http://www.informationweek.com/security/attacks/java-under-attack-again-disable-now/240146082?queryText=java%20day%20one

Mac users , if you have downloaded and installed Java since your October update, you too are vulnerable.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: scurfie, 1/11/2013 3:22:20 PM     (No. 9111285)

I recommend using Firefox with Ghostery addin. You can toggle Java off and on.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dman, 1/11/2013 3:33:15 PM     (No. 9111298)

Wanted: a computer OS secured at the kernel level. MCU designers have addressed this issue (protected memory blocks) - it´s in the OS kernel.

Hints:

* Place the OS kernel in ROM. Provide physical protection to access if in EEPROM/Flash (a physical switch that must be thrown).
* Eliminate all "back doors"
* Provide priority user override to regain control, similar to the old DOS ctrl-C. (Make this part of the hardware reset module.)

It can be done - but will annoy and inconvenience programmers and IT types who desire remote access and debugging, and block some features of certain apps. There is no free lunch: tech "sexiness" has a price.

We are approaching the point where we must choose between certain functionality and basic security. Time to end or at least curtail the "bubble gum and piano wire" patch fixes and make systems secure from the ground up.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: otronome, 1/11/2013 4:30:50 PM     (No. 9111405)

Larry Ellison must have missed one of his extortion payments

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Reply 6 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/11/2013 5:05:36 PM     (No. 9111455)

Don´t get too excited. Java is not the same as JavaScript. Most home computers probably don´t have Java installed.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: texsupreme, 1/11/2013 5:24:02 PM     (No. 9111476)

I certainly am no expert here, but I no longer have any confidence in any recommendation of a govt agency.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hammock, 1/11/2013 5:39:23 PM     (No. 9111495)

Thanks for the tip, OP.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Mushroom, 1/11/2013 5:48:34 PM     (No. 9111510)

Actually you very likely DO have Java installed. Follow the instructions from my link to disable it until this gets sorted out. It´s not difficult..honest!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 1/11/2013 5:55:12 PM     (No. 9111520)

Thanks #6. I use ´´Java´´ throughout the day with my financial activities - but if as you say, what most of us use is really Javascript VM I guess that I shouldn´t be worried.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: mossley, 1/11/2013 7:02:02 PM     (No. 9111621)

While it´s true that Java and javascript are two different animals, don´t assume Java isn´t running on your computer. It´s used a lot.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: FLCracker, 1/11/2013 8:11:07 PM     (No. 9111689)

Okay, I turned Java off...

Hey, where did all the ads on Lucianne.com go?

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