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#1 FluffyPup

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:37 PM

I am hearing Homeland Security issued an alert and is recommending Java be uninstalled until the threat can be contained.

Really? Or is this just a joke?

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:57 PM

...hmmmmmmm...


http://www.zdnet.com/homeland-security-warns-to-disable-java-amid-zero-day-flaw-7000009713/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/technology/chi-homeland-security-urges-computer-users-to-disable-java-20130111,0,5686660.story

http://kdvr.com/2013/01/11/homeland-security-warns-to-disable-java-amid-hacker-threat/

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/01/11/169156325/computer-users-should-disable-java-7-due-to-security-flaw-experts-say

...guess so...

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

Thanks Dolby. I appreciate you taking the time to confirm.

This is the actual alert:

http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/TA13-010A.html

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

Just as a back up .....

Once again there are reports of a Java zero-day vulnerability being actively exploited in the wild. All versions of Java are impacted, including the most recent release, JRE 7, Update 10.

With any version of Java installed on your computer, visiting a malicious link can result in a serious malware infection. Significantly, the exploit is not operating system and, although currently targeting Windows systems, can also run the same code on Mac OS X or Linux.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:32 PM

Great link.

Thanks.

A friend asked me, "If I just don't use my computer this weekend will I be okay?"

I would think the geeks would be have a fix by Monday morning but I really have no idea how long it takes to close these vulnerabilities. Is that being overly optimistic?

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:33 PM

To make sure Java is really disabled,go HERE


http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/us-warns-java-software-security-concerns-escalate-1B7938755

Adam Gowdiak, a researcher with Polish security firm Security Explorations, told Reuters he believes that Oracle fails to properly test its software fixes for security flaws. "It's definitely safer for users to stay away from Java 'til Oracle starts taking security seriously," he said.


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:14 AM

Great analysis of this Exploit...

http://joe4security.blogspot.com/
http://www.joesecurity.org/reports/report-237f8ffc0c24191c5bb7bd9099802ee4.html

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