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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.
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!
He's watching you . . .
WARNING: You are in the presence of a n00b. Stupid questions can and will be asked.
"Better the pain of hard work than the pain of regret."
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.
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:
System76 Serval Pro 7: Ubuntu 14.04; Dell Latitude D800: Lubuntu 14.04; Zotac Z-Box ID45: Mythbuntu 14.04 with MythTV 0.27
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And another thread is here:
Um, wait a sec, I think a couple have already been merged. Soon to become a "mega" thread, I would expect.
Last edited by OrangeCrate; January 18th, 2013 at 06:10 PM.
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.