Re: Skepticism about fix for Java


Cindy
 

I opened control panel and looked for JAVA. The only thing I found was JAVA 32 bit. This is a 64 bit computer, and when I opened JAVA 32 bit, there didn't appear to be anything there. Should I look somewhere else?

Cindy

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike B.
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:32 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: Skepticism about fix for Java

Hi Adrian & List Members,

Below is the article that Adrian is speaking of:

Oracle releases patch for Java after U.S. government warning

By

Hayley Tsukayama

, Published: January 14



Oracle said Sunday that it has

released a patch

for its Java software after a bug in the program opened users to malicious
hacking.



Security researchers first drew attention to the vulnerability last week,
and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told its employees to

disable the software

temporarily in Web browsers.



Cybersecurity experts encouraged consumers to download the patch
immediately, but some also continued to raise questions about Java's
security since the

program has had numerous problems in recent months. And the fixes Oracle
released, experts said, may not go deep enough.



"Note that the vulnerabilities Oracle just patched don't apply to standalone
Java applications or server-side Java installs. They apply only to applets,

which run inside your browser," wrote Sophos security researcher Paul
Ducklin in a

blog post Sunday.



Ideally, he said, users should disable Java altogether if they don't need
it. He also suggested that users could run one browser with Java enabled and
one

without.



Different browsers have different processes to remove and disable Java, and
Sophos has explanations for

Firefox,

Safari,

Chrome,

Internet Explorer

and

Opera.



In Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera, users can head to their list of
plug-ins and uncheck the mark next to Java to disable the program for as
long as they

want. In Safari, the option is in a users' "Security" menu. In Firefox, it's
in the "Tools" menu; Chrome users should type "chrome://plugins" into their

menu bar to get to the menu.



When it comes to Internet Explorer, users' easiest option is to head to the
Java Control Panel, which you can launch from the Java applet in the Control

Panel. Once there, you can disable the program by unchecking a box in the
security tab that says "Enable Java content in browser."



To take the most drastic measures and remove the program altogether on a PC,
users can head to the "Add/Remove" programs list menu in the control panels

of Windows computers and delete Java from the Program list.



Related stories: Oracle says Java flaw, which Homeland Security warned
about, will be fixed 'shortly' Oracle patches critical hole in Java Banks
seek NSA

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Take care.
Mike
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----- Original Message -----
From: Adrian Spratt
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:42 PM
Subject: Skepticism about fix for Java


According to the Washington Post, experts remain doubtful about Oracle's fix
for Java and say it should be disabled. Here's a link to the article, which
includes tips for how to disable Java in IE, Firefox and Safari:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/oracle-releases-patch-for-
java-after-us-government-warning/2013/01/14/454389ec-5e55-11e2-9940-6fc488f3
fecd_print.html
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