Oracle Corp to fix Java security flaw ‘shortly’

“Oracle Corp said it is preparing an update to address a flaw in its widely used Java software after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable the program in web browsers because criminal hackers are exploiting a security bug to attack PCs,” Jim Finkle reports for Reuters. “‘A fix will be available shortly,’ the company said in a statement released late on Friday.”

“The Department of Homeland Security and computer security experts said on Thursday that hackers figured out how to exploit the bug in a version of Java used with Internet browsers to install malicious software on PCs,” Finkel reports. “That has enabled them to commit crimes from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc computer network that can be used to attack websites.”

Finkel reports, “Java is a computer language that enables programmers to write software utilizing just one set of codes that will run on virtually any type of computer, including ones that use Microsoft Corp’s Windows, Apple Inc’s OS X and Linux.”

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  1. Wouldn’t it be nice if Oracle sent a message saying flaw has been fixed update to follow shortly?
    Say, in the same way that Apple inc. does? or has Apple inc. set the bar much to high?
    Meanwhile, our wallets are at risk of a raping & a pillaging by hackers, those of us who are gullible enough to pepper our personal details & passwords in supposed safe password digital wallets.

    1. The last major zero-day Java security flaw that affected all platforms (CVE-2012-0507) about a year ago, Apple released a Java fix six weeks after Oracle released it for Linux and Windows–long enough for actual Mac malware to be released to exploit it. At that time Apple was solely responsible for releasing Java updates on the Mac.

      Apple also rarely issues updates that fix a single issue, which is common practice on Linux and Windows.

      1. That was not the last major zero-day Java security flaw. There were more during the summer. But that was the infamous zero-day that kicked Apple in the ass and inspired them to do what they did this time which was to jump on the problem the day-of the public notice of in-the-wild exploits on the current flaw. That’s ASTOUNDING. There were some delays getting the XProtect.plist file updated everywhere that day, but update it Apple did, with subsequent shutdown of Java entirely until yesterday’s Oracle update to 7u11. (Which is now available BTW).

        I also have to applaud Oracle for jumping on the problem as well. Oracle’s laziness allowed this zero-day to exist, as their lameass patch of a previous flaw did NOT actually close that security hole. But at least they too have caught on and fixed the hole once the exploits were announced.

        All around, this was a very positive experience. It was by no means perfect. But both Apple and Oracle did their jobs in a timely manner. I like it!

    1. I also have JavaScript disabled in Safari. I did the uncheck the box thing in Safari > Preferences > Security, but I have to turn it back on every time I want to use Kronos to fill out my Time Card at work. Ridiculous.

      1. Javascript implementations have very little to do with Java, except for the fact that both languages have very similar syntax.

        Everybody who runs a website and monitors visitor usage, knows that only web crawlers (search engines) operate without javascript. Disabling javascript is crazy because most web pages (except purely static ones) use javascript. With the advent of CSS, the need for javascript may be somewhat lower, but one can hardly do without.

        Over time, javascript has grown from a poorly documented and buggy language to a very powerful and well-standardized tool (notwithstanding MS’s attempt to mess this up). It is even gaining acceptance in non-web environments.

      1. Actually the best way to find out if Apple has updated your .plist is to navigate to:
        And look at the date the Xprotect.plist file was last updated (command-I or “Get Info”). If you see January 11, 2013 or later you are good.

        Full disclosure – this info came from Derek Currie’s website

        Thanks Derek!

    1. There’s no meaningful relation between the two. The story of how Javascript got its name was that they were riding the coattails of Java, which was getting big in the 90s. This was needed to build mindshare, because the alternative (on Windows) was f’ing Microsoft VBS (VisualBasic Scripting).

      1. Well, that and the fact that JavaScript was originally called ‘Mocha‘. Apparently that made Netscape think they had rights to the word ‘Java’ or something. (0_o)

        Anyway, Netscape weren’t happy with their subsequent name ‘LiveScript’, so their marketing dweebs met with Sun’s marketing dweebs and they decided that using the term ‘JavaScript’ was a great idea, which of course it was NOT. Again we have a great illustration of what happens when you put marketing people into leadership roles. Run and hide.

        The OFFICIAL name of what we call ‘JavaScript’ is ECMAScript. It incorporates all the original JavaScript calls as well as crap Microsoft dumped on the world called, imaginatively, ‘JScript‘, as well as further crap Adobe dumped on the world called ‘ActionScript’. Put the whole mess together and you get ECMAScript.

        The original JavaScript was supposed to be safe and unable to hack a computer. That dream of faerie land didn’t last long. It has been my fervent wish for over a decade that ‘JavaScript’ be yanked off the Internet and all references to it burned. Then we could start again with something actually secure, for a change. Instead, what we find is that ‘JavaScript’ has become the core of yet further Internet technologies, such as Ajax. Lord help us.:-P

        1. @DC: Thanks for your comments directly above and earlier on the subject of JS. As a flat-out non-technical sort WRT any kind of programming or scripting language, I have to tip my hat to you.

          However, since I have bought the occasional web site element that uses JS (I’m thinking of the various “publish your own” photo galleries like JAlbum, but I’ve used others as well), I notice that some common we site creating apps (Quick n Easy Web Builder, perhaps Flux, Sandvox and others as well) use JS within their structures, I’m wondering how to overcome the dangers you warn of (short of discontinuing my sites), or if there’s an alternative out there for non-coders like myself? I’d be interested in knowing.

  2. Finkel reports, “Java is a computer language that enables programmers to write software utilizing just one set of codes that will run on virtually any type of computer, including ones that use Microsoft Corp’s Windows, Apple Inc’s OS X and Linux.”

    Yes, let’s go back to the ones that just infect Windows only please. I enjoy those.

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