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Disable Java? This Must Be Serious!

Java runs on a goodly portion of today's PCs. I know I used to get plenty of notices to update the darn thing, almost as many as for Adobe or Firefox, but those updates have slowed in recent months. Maybe they shouldn't have.

There is now a zero-day exploit that experts are so worried about that advise totally shutting off Java.

Since it is a Java exploit it crosses platforms, and most  PC and Mac browsers are at risk. Attacks have already taken place in the wild, which is why experts are so concerned.

These attacks are pretty simple, the virus can gain privileges and once in can install malicious software.

There is an unofficial patch, but the safest bet is shutting down Java entirely.

What would you lose if Java went away? Answers welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/29/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Thu, Aug 30, 2012 JB

Uh...we have critical web applications that require Java. Shutting it down would essentially kill our maintenance program and payroll system.

Thu, Aug 30, 2012 Sidd

Wonderful. So HOW do I turn off JAVA?

Wed, Aug 29, 2012 IT Manager Central NY State

Java can go away tomorrow, it has been a headache for way too long already. That said, I'm not the one that you have to convince. Only about half of the critical software and websites that used Java 3 years ago have dumped it. Until the rest get tired of the endless, and huge every time, security issues, we are stuck with it. All I can do is patch it as quick as it comes out. Unfortunately, Oracle, and Sun before them, doesn't seem to be able to get Java to update itself in a timely manner. I have 90+ PC's and I'd estimate that no more than 10% will have self updated 2 weeks after an update or patch has released. It's one of the first things that I check whenever I sit down at a user's PC.

Wed, Aug 29, 2012

We can't turn off Java as it is required to run our new Oracle EBS system. And it is a particular version that we are not supposed to upgrade!

Wed, Aug 29, 2012

If I were a developer Java looks like it would be good. As a system admin, I have never been crazy about java. It just has had too many weird problems, such as you can't have version x and y on the same machine however you have two apps that will only run on ver x and y. The install/unistall gets hosed and leaves various portions of code laying around and now malware loves java.

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