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StuartMW
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Re: Feds warn PC users to disable Java

said by Name Game:

Where did you get your info there is a newer version?

I wouldn't be surprised if the version number of Java for Apple machines is higher (or lower). That may, or may not, mean anything. After all Google (with Chrome) and Microsoft (with IE10) have different numbers for their embedded Adobe Flash Player.

There was a time when version numbers meant something. These days not so much. For example look at Mozilla Firefox. They bump a major version every month or so.
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I have Java 7 u10 for IE 8 and Firefox 10ESR.
How do I disable them in the browser only?

I still need Java for OFFLINE programs though.

Don't know if you got this answered or not.

Go to the Control Panel and click on the Java icon and then Security.

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Mele20
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said by StuartMW:

said by Name Game:

Where did you get your info there is a newer version?

I wouldn't be surprised if the version number of Java for Apple machines is higher (or lower). That may, or may not, mean anything. After all Google (with Chrome) and Microsoft (with IE10) have different numbers for their embedded Adobe Flash Player.

There was a time when version numbers meant something. These days not so much. For example look at Mozilla Firefox. They bump a major version every month or so.

I read this in one of the security articles. I'll see if I can find it again. The article's author may have been misinformed but said that Apple, contrary to what was being bandied about the internet, was not disabling Java but instead requiring users to update Java to a brand new version not yet publicly available. I wasn't confused by the difference in numbering for Apple vs Windows but perhaps the author of the comment could have been.
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said by Mele20:

I wasn't confused by the difference in numbering for Apple vs Windows but perhaps the author of the comment could have been.

FYI I was saying it is possible. I don't know for sure.

Besides

»JAVA 7u11 now available for download
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Yeah... I see it is out so makes this all sort of moot.

Not sure I will install it though with all the reports of the Java registry key missing in the new version and thus Java won't work in Fx.
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I just got prompted that Java needed an update...

(build 1.7.0_11-b21)

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NM, my mistake.


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NM, my mistake.

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said by baess:

4 hours ago or so

»JAVA 7u11 now available for download

Boy, I need to go to bed. I thought he meant there was ANOTHER update! Whew, thanks for clearing that up!
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Click for full size
It works and shows up just fine over here running Firefox 18.


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said by pandora:

said by chrisretusn:

How many times have a seen this phrase in a security advisory?

quote:
can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system,
Insert your favorite program before the phrase. Me? I've decided to disable Windows, that will teach em.

How does not using Windows secure you from this problem?

It might. One thing is using the openjdk and openjre. I avoid proprietary where open source works well. Many times, it works better(adapting to rapid software updates, etc) if the functions you need are supported. I breathed a sigh of relief when the support for my laptop's graphics chipset by the open source radeon driver matured enough to use it full time. No more fglrx hell(ATI/AMD's proprietary linux 3D graphicsdriver) of worrying that upgrades would break it or that it would not like particular software or configs. That being said, I use Java a lot and the openjre has supported everything I do well. So far, no security bulletins regarding this that I can find.
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said by Mele20:

Yeah...well Apple must have juice with Oracle because they have access to a newer version of Java that doesn't have the vulnerability and they are having all their users install it.

Last I remember Apple writes their own Java implementation just as they do with their video drivers.


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said by pandora:

said by chrisretusn:

How many times have a seen this phrase in a security advisory?

quote:
can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system,
Insert your favorite program before the phrase. Me? I've decided to disable Windows, that will teach em.

How does not using Windows secure you from this problem?

It doesn't. You missed my point. That phrase (quoted above) is is used for a lot of software vulnerabilities including Microsoft ones, yet I don't recall being advised or encouraged by CERT or other security advisories to disable or remove Windows.

It was a bit of humor too.

Lot of folks jumping on the I don't run, removed it, never used it, band wagon. Well I've never been one to follow trends, no plans on following this one. I need Java for programs I use and some web sites I use also use Java. So Java stays.

For what it's worth, I have OpenJDK installed on this particular machine (Running Slackware64) and the IcedTea-Web Plugin with my browser (Firefox). I have other machines (a mix of operating systems) that have Oracle Java installed. I am not all that concerned about this latest "threat" as I seriously doubt I will be bothered by it.
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said by chrisretusn:

For what it's worth, I have OpenJDK installed on this particular machine (Running Slackware64) and the IcedTea-Web Plugin with my browser (Firefox). I have other machines (a mix of operating systems) that have Oracle Java installed. I am not all that concerned about this latest "threat" as I seriously doubt I will be bothered by it.

Thanks for the response, I understand your post better.

This does bring up another question ... is the opensource Java product vulnerable to any of the exploits Java currently is?
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I ran a google search for OpenJDK exploit within the past week, and encountered this - »security.stackexchange.com/quest···-icedtea

Java 7 and OpenJDK share a lot of common code, so, as a general rule, security issues in Java 7 also apply to OpenJDK. In that specific case, it seems that the vulnerability was reported in the Debian OpenJDK package, so yes, they are vulnerable. See this question on another stackexchange site. Since Oracle seems to have fixed their JDK, chances are that the same fix will appear in OpenJDK in a few hours or days.

the article goes on to more or less indicate the virtue of browsing with Linux as hardly anyone targets it do to Linux not being used much to browse. Security through obscurity came to mind.

If a lot of code is shared with the open Java and proprietary Java, it'd be tough for me to get warm fuzzies about either product.

Also here - »ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=12452828

Looking here: »krebsonsecurity.com/2012/08/j...···o-flaws/

Sounds like Ubuntu "10" could be at risk. NOTE, I did discover 3 viruses, via Clamscan, nestled in a TMP cache. Caused no problems.


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The problem was severe enough for the firm to release an emergency patch -- Java 7 Update 11 -- over the weekend. However, security experts have warned that the changes do not go far enough.

Security researcher Adam Gowdiak from Security Explorations has been keeping an eye on the software flaws in Java over the past year. Once Gowdiak analyzed the latest update to Java, he found that the patch still leaves a number of "critical security flaws," according to Reuters. This statement, mirrored by AlienVault Labs' Jaime Blasco who branded Oracle's offering as a "mess," was later reinforced by the firm's recommendation against using the software.

"We don't dare to tell users that it's safe to enable Java again," Gowdiak commented

»www.zdnet.com/security-experts-o···cid=e539

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I notice that Pale Moon has disabled the Java (TM) Platform but it still leaves the Java Deployment Toolkit enabled in its Add-ons Manager. Should both be disabled? What does the Deployment Toolkit do?
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I think that is used by developers who develop Java apps.


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Hence the reason why I continue to keep it disabled. Doesn't seem needed anyway for me.


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I wanted to make a reference to the thread over in the Mozilla forum that talks about Firefox automatically "disabling" older Java versions.

»All versions of the Java plugin are blocked

I did some testing of that feature, and documented my results in that thread.

However, either I'm not fully understanding what Mozilla says they are doing, or things are not working right (at least on my system).

In a nutshell, I removed Java (fully), Firefox, and Waterfox. I then installed Firefox 18.0, and Java 7 Update 7 (older version of Java, which is full of vulnerabilities).

Yet, when I go look at the plugins page, nothing to do with Java is disabled.

The way I read what Mozilla is doing is that when you install Firefox 17.x or Firefox 18.x, and you have an older version of Java installed, Firefox will disable the plug-ins by default (not have them enabled). My testing shows otherwise.

Again, making a cross-post here in the security forum, hoping to shed some light on my issue.

So, if anyone here can help explain things better to me, that would be great.

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It reports Java 7 Update 7 but if you look at the plug in results, it shows the current. I had the same process with an older plug in and Firefox did indeed disable it without action on my part.


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Well here is my take on that information from »security.stackexchange.com/quest···-icedtea

There is this statement "Java 7 and OpenJDK share a lot of common code, so, as a general rule, security issues in Java 7 also apply to OpenJDK. In that specific case, it seems that the vulnerability was reported in the Debian OpenJDK package, so yes, they are vulnerable."

Well first there is no specific case sited (it could be assuming VU#625617) and the reference (»askubuntu.com/questions/181884/s···-for-now) to the reported vulnerability in the Debian OpenJDK package refers to the second link in my post VU#636312 dated 27 Aug 2012 which was been patched.

While it is possible that the current vulnerability affects OpenJDK, it is not specifically listed as affected by the vulnerability alert for VU#625617 dated 10 Jan 2013.

VU#625617 has been patched by Oracle and as I have already mentioned. I am not all that concerned about this; and this has nothing to do with my preferred operating system being Linux. I do run Windows and have Java install their as well. I think there is a lot of over reaction to this.

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said by Mele20:

said by StuartMW:

said by Name Game:

Where did you get your info there is a newer version?

I wouldn't be surprised if the version number of Java for Apple machines is higher (or lower). That may, or may not, mean anything. After all Google (with Chrome) and Microsoft (with IE10) have different numbers for their embedded Adobe Flash Player.

There was a time when version numbers meant something. These days not so much. For example look at Mozilla Firefox. They bump a major version every month or so.

I read this in one of the security articles. I'll see if I can find it again. The article's author may have been misinformed but said that Apple, contrary to what was being bandied about the internet, was not disabling Java but instead requiring users to update Java to a brand new version not yet publicly available. I wasn't confused by the difference in numbering for Apple vs Windows but perhaps the author of the comment could have been.

Nevertheless your info was wrong. Period.

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said by chrisretusn:

VU#625617 has been patched by Oracle and as I have already mentioned. I am not all that concerned about this; and this has nothing to do with my preferred operating system being Linux. I do run Windows and have Java install their as well. I think there is a lot of over reaction to this.

That overreaction may be due at least in part to the fact DHS is involved. We've seen a lot of vulnerabilities over the years, some of which went unpatched for years - but I don't recall DHS getting into the act before. The warnings came from software houses or researchers or independent testers. I don't want to minimize a danger, but the skeptic in me wonders if this isn't some sort of test - by DHS.

Federal government sites use java. So wtf?


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Perhaps someone at DHS was sick and tired of Oracle never fully patching the thing and decided to use the power available to him or her in their position at DHS to give them a kick in the rear.

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La Luna, thanks for answering my question.

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said by goalieskates:

That overreaction may be due at least in part to the fact DHS is involved. We've seen a lot of vulnerabilities over the years, some of which went unpatched for years - but I don't recall DHS getting into the act before. The warnings came from software houses or researchers or independent testers. I don't want to minimize a danger, but the skeptic in me wonders if this isn't some sort of test - by DHS.

Federal government sites use java. So wtf?

I think it's nice DHS said something.

I'm still amazed some folks consider this a problem only with proprietary Java code, and conclude identical open source code is somehow invulnerable. This is a demonstration of faith not supported by any possible fact.

It appears both the open and proprietary Java versions should be considered vulnerable until someone demonstrates the open code isn't the same and is not vulnerable. Also waiting for Java proprietary to be patched, assuming the open source code is identical, sort of mitigates some of the claimed virtue of open source. Shouldn't the open source community have fixed this long ago?
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said by pandora:

I'm still amazed some folks consider this a problem only with proprietary Java code, and conclude identical open source code is somehow invulnerable. This is a demonstration of faith not supported by any possible fact.

I don't think anyone has said is a problem with only proprietary Java code. No one has said open source is invulnerable. Not sure were you got that from.

In fact the advisory has been updated and OpenJDK and IcedTea are both listed as affected.

Does that change anything as far as I am concerned? No it does not. I am not disabling or removing Java from my machines. When a patch is released for OpenJDK I will apply it.
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