New Java vulnerabilities found just after release of recent update

Only hours after the latest Java update, yet another set of vulnerabilities were discovered by security researchers. Now, plagues the question: “Is the Java team doing a good job patching security holes and generally producing secure software code?” What the problem is, is that Java is being actively exploited in the wild. That means hackers and malware writers are naturally targeting Java because of its open holes.

Because Oracle went quite a while before fixing a vulnerability, hackers and malware writers are having a ball game with Java Runtime Environment. Most of these exploits are targeting the Windows OS. Researchers find only a matter of time before it affects the Mac OS platform.

According to CNET, “Oracle broke its quarterly update schedule for Java and released update 7 for the runtime; however, even after this update, yet more vulnerabilities have been found.”

If that’s not problematic enough, many antivirus companies are failing to block the latest exploits for the Java vulnerabilities. Some of the newer avenues of infection and exploits, including ZeroAccess/Sirefef, Java vulnerabilities continue repeatedly. It’s been going on, seems like for ages.

Many question how much Oracle cares about this situation, or not taking it seriously enough. All that can be done is to keep a watch, check for updates every few days, and actually apply the updates to be protected.

 

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