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Windows 7: Homeland Security warns to disable Java amid zero-day flaw

11 Jan 2013   #1

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
Homeland Security warns to disable Java amid zero-day flaw

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned users to disable or uninstall Java software on their computers, amid continuing fears and an escalation in warnings from security experts 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.

Java users should disable or uninstall Java immediately to mitigate any damage.

The latest flaw, as earlier reported by ZDNet, is currently being exploited in the wild, security experts have warned. Alienvault Labs have reproduced and verified claims that the new zero-day that exploits a vulnerability in Java 7, according to security expert Brian Krebs.

"We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem," said the DHS' Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) in a post on its Web site on Thursday evening. "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."
Homeland Security warns to disable Java amid zero-day flaw | ZDNet

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11 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you Borg 386 that will be helpful to many. I removed Java long time ago just for those kind of reasons.
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11 Jan 2013   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Thank you Borg 386 that will be helpful to many. I removed Java long time ago just for those kind of reasons.
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12 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

Thank you Borg for the post.Deleted,uninstalled and disabled !
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12 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Well, guess I can live without Minecraft and a website I don't visit too often anymore. Lets hope this makes people move to Flash since it's far more secure than Java. Oracle is a sick joke.
Java, 32-bit and 64-bit uninstalled.
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12 Jan 2013   #6
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Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Good to know!
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15 Jan 2013   #7

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

January 13, Krebs on Security – (International) Oracle ships critical security update for Java. Oracle released an update for Java to fix the recent critical vulnerability that allowed malware to exploit computers running the program. The update also increases the default security settings for running Java applications from ‘medium’ to ‘high.’ Source: Oracle Ships Critical Security Update for Java — Krebs on Security
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