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Should we be alarmed?

Posted on 2013-01-11
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Hi guys,

I just heard the Homeland Security announcement about not using Java in browsers. Does that mean we need to be uninstalling current versions? The information seems to be sketchy and Oracle is not commenting. Do you have suggestions about what an end-user should be concerned about? Do we need to uninstall Java totally?

Thanks!
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deactivate the plugin in your browsers.

For Windows and Ubuntu: use Chrome or Firefox browser. Install one of the various script blocking browser plugins, like NoScript or NotScript (Google Play Store).
Mac: use NoScript, NotScript, or JavaScript Blocker (http://javascript-blocker.toggleable.com/)

Pretty much disables all scripts from running in the browser until you actually allow them to run.

When you first install NoScript or similar, you will have to whitelist your regular sites. But once they're whitelisted, it requires less interaction. How many websites do you actually visit on a routine basis? Whitelist those & you're done.
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Thanks for the feedback from both of you. I am thinking there will be more fallout from this in the future. I have been getting more clients who seem to suddenly "get" infected somehow. I will now be adding to my list of things to check on machines - how up to date their Java software is, and disabling it for their browser(s). Thanks!
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Good luck. There is also a great writeup on www.thenextweb.com site
Java Zero Day
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webtechgal--In order to access the disabling mentioned on the Oracle site
http://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/technotes/guides/jweb/client-security.html#disable
you have to access the Java Control Panel ( javacpl.exe )|Security tab, not from Windows Control Panel|Java|Security tab.
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