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    Re: What do I need to know about this Java issue everyone's talking about?

    Quote Originally Posted by slickymaster View Post
    According to an official announcement from Homeland Security, the day before yesterday

    Java Still Insecure Warns Homeland Security
    Wrong, but then again, not like I would ever trust Homeland Security....If you update your Java, you will be fine...At least until a new exploit is found. Java is an often used mechanic on many websites so certain functionality will not work if it can't detect Java (because you disabled it).

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    Oracle is vainly patching cracks in the asphalt in an intersection built on a rapidly growing sink hole.

    The whole thing needs to be redesigned and completely reconstructed.
    Despite my comments above, I agree. It is becoming the new flash....Then again, so many devices run it, it was bound to become a target and I doubt it is going anywhere anytime soon....
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    Re: What do I need to know about this Java issue everyone's talking about?

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    Oracle is vainly patching cracks in the asphalt in an intersection built on a rapidly growing sink hole.

    The whole thing needs to be redesigned and completely reconstructed.
    That's the impression I've gotten -even if I didn't know what to do about it from the start.

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    Question Re: What do I need to know about this Java issue everyone's talking about?

    Thank you to everyone who responded!

    So, I should do the software update for OpenJDK, then remove Java via Synaptic? Is that right?
    Last edited by MyTinFoilHat; January 18th, 2013 at 12:43 AM. Reason: I can't spell.

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    Question What should we do about the recent Java Security issue?

    First off, I know nothing about security so I don't know anything about the nature of this security risk that everyone is talking about. My question is as Ubuntu users, is there something specific we should do prevent any damage to our computers?

    I've Googled around and everyone's knee-jerk response has been to remove Java. Okay. What parts? The runtime environment? The JDK? What versions should we have to worry about (6 or 7)? What about those that are writing programs in Java?

    Please explain this to me as if I were 5 years old. I'd really appreciate it. (Any terminal commands would also be helpful!)

    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: What should we do about the recent Java Security issue?

    FWIW, I know that these specific vulerabilities are limited to Java 7. I don't know what other people have been doing, but for me I'm not using the Oracle version of Java anyway on Ubuntu, so I'm not too worried about it. On my Windows boxes I've simply installed the latest versions of Java 6, and planning on staying there until Oracle gets their act together with 7.

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    Re: What should we do about the recent Java Security issue?

    As I understand it, Java and Javascript are 2 completely different applications; the only similarity is the Java in the names. The average desktop user really has no need for Java and can safely remove it with the GUI software management application of your desktop. If you really need it in the future, you can always reinstall it.

    The Firefox plug-in to use Java applets on webpages can be disabled using Tools>Plugins>Disable (in my case the IcedTea-Web1.2 plugin).

    A more complete discussion is here:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2104048
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    Re: What should we do about the recent Java Security issue?

    And another thread is here:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...=java+security


    Edit:

    Um, wait a sec, I think a couple have already been merged. Soon to become a "mega" thread, I would expect.
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    Re: What should we do about the recent Java Security issue?

    Thread moved to Security Discussions.

    and Merged.

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    Re: What should we do about the recent Java Security issue?

    Quote Originally Posted by HunterDX77M View Post
    I've Googled around and everyone's knee-jerk response has been to remove Java.
    The exploit is java applets in web browsers. Mostly focused on older implementations on some web sites.

    If you like, you can disable java applets in your web browser

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    Re: What do I need to know about this Java issue everyone's talking about?

    disable the webbrowser plugin, via add-ons, etc.
    The amercican govern. has calls for these measures.
    Java is also the base of the popular game Minecraft,
    (Whats in a name.)and few webpages.

    To secure javascript, which has its own security difficulties, use no-script.

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