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recent java vulnerability - i have trouble with my java


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#1 seraphin

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

I am a newbie in cybersecurity and this past Friday it was announced online that Java seems to contain some vulnerability that could be exploited for cyberinvasion. I tried to follow the instruction on pcmag (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2414191,00.asp)
but found that my Java control panel looks "different" from what was described. I am a little freaked out and so coming here for help.

My laptop specs:
Win 7(version 6.1) 64-bit OS

When I clicked into the Java control panel (ps. mine says Java (32-bit), don't know if this matters), I found the same panel as what pcmag described.
However, when I clicked into the security tab, instead of having a page where it displays "enable Java content in the browser" with security level bar (see pcmag article), in my security tab, I only got the following on my tab:

Certicates
Use certificates to positively identify yourself, certifications, authorities, and publishers.

And a click button "certicates".

I usually log in my computer using non-admin, so I thought this might be why the Java panel looks different. But even after I log in using admin, I saw exactly the same under admin Java secruity tab.

Questions-
1. why do I get a different "security tab"?
2. is my laptop ALREADY infected?
if yes, what should I do? (I have MS security essentials installed, and updated daily. Scanning with the security essentials found no threats)
if no, is there a way I could "restore" my Java to the "original" page and "disable" it?

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:14 AM

Morning seraphin - no worries, I don't suspect.

From the Java panel, check for an update - I don't believe you've got the latest version and once you do get the latest update, when you select the Security Tab the new option (to disable) will be there.

HEADS UP - when you download the latest version, be sure to un-check what ever comes bundled with it (it might be the ASK toolbar or perhaps Chrome, I can't remember).


Let me know if that works, ok?

onward,

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

Thanks a lot. I read it somewhere that I should wait until Oracle offers a fix to update my Java. But I will remember to uncheck all bundled stuff. Thanks again.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

You're welcome.

As for waiting until Oracle offers up a fix...well, uh, I'm not sure I'd wait >that< long. :whistle:

There's more information here if it helps.


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