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On 01/12/2013 10:42 PM, George R. Crossman wrote:
I'm seeing warnings saying that one should disable embedded Java to avoid hacking. Does this apply to linux users? If so, what is the procedure?

George Crossman


Yes, all OS's are affected because Java is cross platform. I am not sure if any of the previous version are affected or if only the current release is affected.

The primary concern is Java applets run by your browser. The vulnerability allows a zero-day browser exploit that as yet is not patched by Oracle. The primary concerns I have heard of are installation of keyloggers and installation of ransomware. I would assume the malware will use the JVM to run and would be cross platform. AFAIK, Oracle has not yet announced when a patch will be available.

It is highly recommended that Java be disabled in your browser(s) regardless of the version. Note JavaScript is not affected, it is entirely different than Java. Currently this warning does not cover non-browser applications that use the JVM.

Jay Lozier

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