Security Firms Recommend Disabling Java Due To New Exploit

Security researchers are recommending users disable Java on their computers after an exploit has been discovered that could possibly allow a malicious website to take control of your computer.

Java, a set of software tools that allows advanced features to run on websites, currently has a vulnerability that can allow an attacker to run unauthorized applications on a vulnerable computer. Being a zero-day vulnerability, antivirus firms and Oracle (the manufacturers of Java), have not had time to implement a fix, leaving both PC’s and Macs unprotected until a patch becomes available. Security firm Alien Vault as reported websites using this exploit are already showing up in the wild.

Until a patch is made available, it is recommended that users either disable Java if not required, or use a separate web browser if you do require it.

You can disable Java by following the instructions listed here. (Note you must have the latest version of Java for these instructions to work.)

The latest version of Java is available at: http://www.java.com

UPDATE:

 After review of the situation, experts in the field are estimating it could take up to two years to fully fix the problem. Therefore, TOAST.net is recommending that users simply uninstall Java. It is not really required as most webpages no longer use it extensively, and modern web browsers are able to work with those that do without the extra help.

If you don’t need Java installed on your computer (which covers 9 out of 10 of us), you can uninstall the software with these instructions: http://www.java.com/en/download/uninstall.jsp

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5 Responses to Security Firms Recommend Disabling Java Due To New Exploit

  1. Kevin says:

    I had to upgrade to Java to version 7 update 10 in order to see the disable option under the Security tab.

  2. Lynn Hein says:

    My computer got hit with this and my computer was a mess.

    It shut down my antivirus, firewall, cleaner, printer, and internet with the exception of it going to a web site called “System Progressive Protection”. It asked for your name, address, phone number, credit card number and verification number.

    Somehow or other, the info didn’t go through. I was finally able to shut down my computer and get my cleaner, antivirus, and firewall back up. Ran them all looking for the files that was put on my computer. Took awhile, but all is clean now.

    Had to call my bank to make sure nothing was going on with my account. Now have to get different cards and had to change all passwords, just to be sure.

    This is not something to play with!

    • Lynn,

      This could have also been the result of a security issue with Internet Explorer if that’s the browser you normally use. Microsoft released a fix for IE 6, 7, and 8 last week to patch a hole that could cause infections. This update was pushed to all Windows users, or you can update manually by going to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

  3. zeroday1 says:

    I thought this problem happened already several months ago…and now its happening again…(what’s really going on behind the scenes…?)…The answer is anybody’s guess yet should definitely give one further pause when deciding how much information is shared online…Identity theft is a VERY REAL PROBLEM and should not be taken lightly.

    Be vigilant, be scrupulous and above all else protect your personal private information!

    http://www.ic3.gov/

    http://fakechecks.org/

    http://www.elithecomputerguy.com/classes/computer-security-integrity/

  4. pc service says:

    After I originally commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment. Is there a means you are able to remove me from that service? Many thanks!

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