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Java bug could hit PC operating systems


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 06:20 PM

The discovery of a serious software bug has simultaneously opened a variety of desktop computers to potential attack.17:51 24 November 04 by Will Knight NewScientist.com news service The discovery of a serious software bug has simultaneously opened a variety of desktop computers to potential attack. The flaw has been found in Java, which works on a variety of computer operating systems – from Microsoft’s Windows to free software Linux – which means any worm which exploits it could hit a variety of computer platforms. The flaw is rated "highly critical" by the computer security firm Secunia and some experts believe it could lead to the development of a cross-platform computer worm. The bug was discovered in the Java Plugin - a software package that lets small programs written in the Java programming language run automatically on a computer. These small chunks of code, known as "applets", are often embedded in a web page and may be used to display a small animation or play a sound.
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Posted 25 November 2004 - 06:42 AM

A good time to download the latest version, JRE 1.5something, which protects you against this problem.
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