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.
The only easy day was yesterday.
...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)