Java Exploit Fix Unveiled Following GOV Warning

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – An issue with programming language Java is causing problems for users – resulting in a vulnerability that could allow hackers to breach computer systems.

It was so serious it received a warning from the U.S. government (the U.S. States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) on Thursday, which asked users to temporarily disallow Java from running in web browsers.

Oracle, meanwhile, followed the problem up with a solution – unveiling a fix Sunday, according to a report from the Washington Post. The correction is prevalent in Java Verison 7 Update 11.

And despite the release, security firm Sophos advised some caution. “Note that the vulnerabilities Oracle just patched don’t apply to standalone Java applications or server-side Java installs. They apply only to applets, which run inside your browser,” commented the firm’s Paul Ducklin via the Naked Security blog.

The problem with Java had initially allowed hackers to exploit systems via Nuclear Pack and Cool EK.