U.S. tells computer users to disable Java software

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  1. Reader

    Reader New Member

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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57563619/u.s-tells-computer-users-to-disable-java-software/

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.

    The recommendation came in an advisory issued late Thursday, following up on concerns raised by computer security experts.

    Read the US-CERT release concerning Java [link]

    Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other high-tech mischief.

    CNET's Topher Kessler writes:

    "The malware has currently been seen attacking Windows, Linux and Unix systems, and while so far has not focused on OS X, may be able to do so given OS X is largely similar to Unix and Java is cross-platform.

    More at link.....
     
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  3. DEPUTYDAWG

    DEPUTYDAWG Active Member

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    LOL, the timing of this just made me snicker.

    I work for DHS. What did I have to do earlier this week? Verify to HQ what version of Java was installed on my computer, since they're upgrading one of our programs and needed to make sure we all had at least a certain version of Java on our computers before the February upgrade.

    Hmmmm, so here I am sitting and DHS and they sure didn't send any internal bulletins for us.

    :floorlaugh:
     
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    lorann New Member

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    Thanks for posting this. I am not very good with this type of thing. I thought I had removed all Java several months ago. When I run a search, there are several Java files. I looked in the Security section and I don't find a Java control panel to disable the sucker...

    In the last two days Essentials has caught two exploits.

    Can somebody be clearer on how to disable???
     
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    tlcya <b><span style="color:#007C00;">WS Administrator</ Administrator

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    I have a new laptop, one week old. I searched for JAVA and am not finding anything but was sure it was on here when I bought it? :confused:

    ETA found it, security changes made. Thanks for the heads up!
     
  6. Paul

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    Here are the official instructions, you can turn Java off completely through the "Java Control Panel" (this is the best thing to do!), or you can disable it one browser at a time:
    http://www.java.com/en/download/help/disable_browser.xml

    And the test page, you want it to say "Something is wrong. Java is not working".
    http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp
    Do not click "Install plugin", since that's the exact plugin we're trying to avoid!

    Then there are 2 additional things:

    1. Many schools and businesses use programs written in Java. These are stand-alone programs that do not run in a web browser. To run these programs safely, you need JRE (Java Runtime Environment) turned on, but the Java browser plugins have to stay turned off. This is a difficult situation, and you'll need expert help with it.

    2. "JavaScript" is a completely different programming language, and is not connected to this "Java" alert.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks, I am soooo not a computer guru!
     

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