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    Java threats through web browsers

    I was unable to find the exact answer to my question amongst the forums so forgive me.

    Can anyone tell me what possible threat there is of allowing a Java-based script that can harm Ubuntu through a web browser.

    At the moment I am running Firefox 2.0.0.19 with the NoScript extension but I have recently allowed a script on a site which is dubious (a gaming site).

    I know of possible threats to Windows machines which can steal account information for games through Java scripts and wondered if I was at all at risk seeing as I am running Ubuntu and heard that viruses just won't work the same.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Java threats through web browsers

    Most threats directed at windows won't affect Ubuntu, but I suppose it could affect firefox if that is what it is aimed at. The best defense is to avoid sited with malicious code.

    To clarify, are you talking about Java or javascript? They are very different and in no way related.
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    Re: Java threats through web browsers

    There is no need to be quite so paranoid about JavaScript (not Java). Even JavaScript can't extract information from your own brain.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Sharitt View Post
    To clarify, are you talking about Java or javascript? They are very different and in no way related.
    JavaScript in this case.
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    Re: Java threats through web browsers

    Also, you can always go into your NoScript options and disallow (or unallow ... or whatever the wording is) the particular site you allowed.

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    Re: Java threats through web browsers

    The worst thing I've experianced from questionable sites (which I don't recommend, especially for Windows users) is my FireFox filled the whole screen. I just deleted everything in my FireFox folder except my bookmark backups. I lost my passwords but that's it.
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    Re: Java threats through web browsers

    Quote Originally Posted by bruce89 View Post
    JavaScript in this case.
    That's what I thought, but didn't want to jump to conclusions.

    The best way to avoid threats is common sense. If a site looks suspicious, or is know for malicious code, just leave, and avoid sites with a bad reputation (such as sites hosting warez, cracks, keygens, etc).
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