Experts advise users and companies worldwide to disable Oracle’s Java due to severe security flaw

Just a heads up folks. I’ve seen this all over web today. FOTM is not responsible if your laptop grow wings and becomes demonically possessed. 

Smoke and fire good.    LOL       ~Steve~   H/T  Miss May.


Security experts, researchers and analysts have discovered a vulnerability in the widely used Java software that has the potential to allow hackers to access to your computer.
Oracle’s Java platform is used and installed on more than one billion user computers worldwide. Three billion mobile phones are running the software too.

With an ecosystem of approximately nine million certified Java developers, the new vulnerability presents a headache for Oracle given its wide usage in many industries and many datacenters.

Yesterday (Thursday), the US-CERT’s Vulnerability Notes Database, a service that provides timely information about software vulnerabilitiesissued a warning that said “Java 7 Update 10 and earlier contain an unspecified vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.”

Numerous reports worldwide suggest this security flaw is being exploited and included  “exploit kits” that make it easier for hackers with bad motives to attack users’ computers and any other computer or server running this version of Java.

Exploits are already available for sale and download for US$700 a quarter or US$1,500 for a year’s subscription.

The only solution, as suggested by many experts, at this stage seems to be that users and those affected to disable Java (or uninstall) on their computers as Oracle have yet to issue a fix to the vulnerability.

The “impact” of this vulnerability is seen as severe by the US-CERT as they state “by convincing a user to visit a specially crafted HTML document, a remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system”.

They, US-CERT, also see no workaround or solution to the vulnerability at the moment and they concur with experts by suggesting: “We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem. Please consider the following workarounds: Disable Java in web browsers.”

HumanIPO has contacted Oracle South Africa and have yet to get an official confirmation regarding the solution or development of such a solution from the global software company.

This report will be updated as soon as Oracle officially communicate a solution.

Easy fix for disabling Java HERE!!

January 11, 2013 · by Tefo Mohapi


2 responses to “Experts advise users and companies worldwide to disable Oracle’s Java due to severe security flaw

  1. I contacted my internet security Panda–he told me that my computers are safe.

    Are they?

    The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. ‘Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. “IN GOD WE TRUST”


  2. Wanda, It may be I don’t know. I found the story yesterday and googled it and many results for “Disable Java” All saying there was some kind of security flaw. Maybe your computer is newer or Panda has already come up with a patch. Did they say they were aware of problem?
    If so then I would follow their recommendation.


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