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    Default Homeland Security and Java

    Recently, the US homeland security group issued a warning about hacking and Java. An example article is found at How to disable Java following Homeland Security warning | Washington Times Communities. Now I used to program in Java, as well as other languages like C#, Perl and PHP. So here are my questions?

    1. Can someone tell me the technical problem here with Java?
    2. Why can't Oracle, as well as the world wide Geeks in private enterprise, law enforcement and academia suggest a proper fix or resolution?

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    Default Re: Homeland Security and Java

    Yes a security vulnerability in Java 7 has been found. It isn't the first and it won't be the last. I will guarantee that Oracle (and probably the OpenJDK team) are working hard to fix it but I'm betting that nobody from Oracle will make a comment in this forum and only Oracle can suggest the real fix.

    I find this fuss about a single Java vulnerability rather funny. Last time I checked, on my Wife's computer running Windows 7 the virus checker was checking for about a million viruses which exploited thousands of vulnerabilities and she gets a couple of Windows security updates a week but has anyone suggested turning off all computers running Windows? A whole industry has grown up around handling Windows vulnerabilities.

    What is the relevance of your "Now I used to program in Java, as well as other languages like C#, Perl and PHP" ?
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    Default Re: Homeland Security and Java

    There have been many of such vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system, in the Internet Explorer, in Firefox,.... that is live. I never heard the call to disable or deinstall Windows or Microsoft Internet Explorer because of that though. Strange, right?

    The fix is already available on the oracle website as far as I know: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/ja...ads/index.html
    Last edited by Sierra; 01-14-2013 at 08:55 AM.
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    Default Re: Homeland Security and Java

    "What is the relevance of your 'Now I used to program in Java, as well as other languages like C#, Perl and PHP' ? "

    Just indicating that I understand what Java is about and I probably won't be lost in any technical explanation of events.

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