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Got a PC Problem? Blame Java. Microsoft Does!

Presumably tired of the relentless bashing over Windows, Office and IE security, Microsoft recently tried to deflect the blame over to Java. According to Redmond, between one-third and half of the times our machines are compromised, it is Java's fault. The best thing about this for Microsoft? Java is now controlled by Oracle. Take that Larry!

The news, coming from the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, argues that Java exploits are ever increasing.

Being gracious, Microsoft says that most Java holes have been fixed, but that users don't always update their Javas. In fact, some of the most exploited holes are years old, much like a Massachusetts highway.

Do you fear Java hackers? What does keep you up at night? Confess at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/30/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Thu, Dec 1, 2011

I say it over and over, people need to stop logging in with admin privs and use a non-priv account for day-to-day work. And for those that say their programs require admin privs, then speek to either the 3rd party sw vendor or your IT people. Because most sw which is written with security in mind, won't (in general) need admin privs to operate. Maybe admin privs will be needed to change configuration or something, but that's about it. Case in point, one of our clients were running all their systems with admin privs because they said their 'mail client reqd it'. Even though it was years old it didn't really need it, it simply needed the NTFS privs set properly on certain files/dirs. Took all of an hour to sort out.

Wed, Nov 30, 2011

I have never been crazy about Java, it's been more hype than a real problem solver (at least for the end user), I use it as little as possible. It could use a better method to patch it as well.

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