Forty-Two (42) Whopping Security Holes Patched in Java

42 new security fixes are included for Oracle’s Java SE software. This new version with all security fixes included also includes a new feature to alert users of the dangers of running certain Java content.

Java 7 Update 21 was released yesterday (April 16, 2013) with all 42 bugs fixed. Most of the flaws are from exploits. Which means that visiting a hacked website can get you infected. Users running Java 6 are prompted to update to Java 7. However, Java 6 updates are still privately available (Update 45).

Anyway, the new update involves the introduction of newer security warnings as well as other message prompts. These are used for the web browsing environment to help users identify potentially risky content. See the image below for more information:

Java's New Security Warnings

Java’s new features have been pretty continuous when Oracle finally realized last year that Java was getting to be an extremely insecure plugin. Java’s not so bad when it’s running an out-of-browser application, like a program or game.

The new version, now available on Java.com will bring the current version to Java SE 7 Update 21 and Java SE 6 Update 45. It is recommended to unplug your browser from Java, at least the main one, and only use Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in a lesser-used browser. Whenever you need to use a site that required Java, use it on your rare browser, so that you don’t get tripped up by ads or other exploit sites that try to access Java on your main browser.

Additionally, make sure to occasionally clear the Java cache, which will help prevent old temporary files for Java from loading. It’ll make the Java experience a bit better. This may also help remediate issues, if a Java application doesn’t run.

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2 responses to “Forty-Two (42) Whopping Security Holes Patched in Java”

  1. Tony says :

    Why would someone still stay with Java 6 when 7 is available?

    • Jay Pfoutz says :

      Depends on the operating system and performance. Some systems can’t run the latest Java. Also, some applications/programs are unable to run the latest Java, if they are only programmed with version 6.

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