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Windows 7: Java Security Risks

13 Apr 2012   #1
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 
Java Security Risks

Hi,

Jacee and Corinne like to remind us to make sure our Java is updated if we really feel we can't do without it. I came across this interesting article by Ed Bott, and one particular paragraph stood out for me:
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As the Mac community discovered, a user can go to a perfectly legitimate site, be infected with absolutely no warning, and have untrusted code running on the box. That infection typically includes a component that can download additional malware later, also without warning.
And also:
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In the second quarter of 2011, Kaspersky Labs researchers listed two “Highly Critical” Java vulnerabilities in their top 10 list (six of the remaining eight entries on the list involved Adobe Flash Player)
https://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-...e_skin;content

So, whilst we are diligent about Windows Updates, and anti-malware updates, its as important not forget about those other vulnerabilities too: Java and Adobe. Have a read of the article, its a real eye-opener.

Regards,
Golden


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13 Apr 2012   #2
V43L1N

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
 
 

Definitely a good read. I agree with Jacee and Corinne, I also recommend people uninstall Java unless it is necessary for an application they are running. Software/Shareware often contains an installer for Java bundled with it, when the program is uninstalled Java sometimes sticks around and can remain unpatched.

As an example: the latest version of OpenOffice is bundled with JavaRE6u22. The lastest update for java is JavaRE6u31.
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13 Apr 2012   #3
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by V43L1N View Post
As an example: the latest version of OpenOffice is bundled with JavaRE6u22. The lastest update for java is JavaRE6u31.
Does LibreOffice also bundle Java?
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13 Apr 2012   #4
V43L1N

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
 
 

I'm not familiar with LibreOffice, but the system requirements state:
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For certain features of the software - but not most - Java is required. Java is notably required for Base.
System Requirements » LibreOffice
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13 Apr 2012   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Does LibreOffice also bundle Java?
Apparently not - its up to you to download and install Java for those componenets that require it.

http://review.techworld.com/applicat...ice-35-review/
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13 Apr 2012   #6
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

I use this Java instead of the version usually used. Never had any trouble. Java.pdf


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13 Apr 2012   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
I use this Java instead of the version usually used. Never had any trouble. Attachment 207081
You mean NitroPDF instead of AdobePDF - not Java. Agree, NitroPDF is a good optional PDF reader.
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13 Apr 2012   #8
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
I use this Java instead of the version usually used. Never had any trouble. Attachment 207081
You mean NitroPDF instead of AdobePDF - not Java. Agree, NitroPDF is a good optional PDF reader.
My pdf is about an alternative Java.
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13 Apr 2012   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Ahh. My mistake, the link opened up in my NitroPDF and for some reason I though your attachement was the link to Nitro
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14 Apr 2012   #10
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

The only reason I have Java on my PC is that I run OpenOffice, and it's required. It is disabled in my browser and as soon as I find an alternative to OO that doesn't require it, it's definitely off my sys. I haven't checked it out yet, but maybe LibreOffice, not sure if that requires Java or not....as soon as I get some time (when school ends...)
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