New Java security hole affects desktops and servers

Adam Gowdiak, who has made a name for himself by finding flaws in Java, has reported a new vulnerability. Security issue 61, according to Gowdiak’s tally, affects current versions of Java SE 7, including the very latest release version 1.7.0_21-b11. The hole is once again present in the Reflection API and allows attackers to completely bypass the language’s sandbox to access the underlying system. Gowdiak has not published any further details about the vulnerability in order to give Oracle time to patch the problem....

April 23, 2013 · 1 min · 195 words

Java 8 release schedule delayed for renewed focus on security

ISC Handler Rob V pointed out a blog post from Oracle’s Mark Reinhold stating that Oracle has “mounted an intense effort to address those issues in a series of critical-patch update releases” and that they’ve also upgraded their “development processes to increase the level of scrutiny applied to new code, so that new code doesn’t introduce new vulnerabilities.” Framing statements state that Oracle: is committed to continue fixing security issues at an accelerated pace will enhance the Java security model will introduce new security features recoginizes that more engineer hours are required than can be freed up by dropping features from Java 8 or otherwise reducing the scope of the release at this stage As such, the likely release of Java 8 will be in the first quarter of 2014 (had been intended for September 2013)....

April 20, 2013 · 1 min · 144 words

Oracle rushes out patch for critical 0-day Java exploit

TheRegister: In an uncommon break with its thrice-annual security update schedule, Oracle has released a patch for three Java 7 security flaws that have recently been targeted by web-based exploits. “Due to the high severity of these vulnerabilities, Oracle recommends that customers apply this Security Alert as soon as possible,” Eric Maurice, the company’s director of software security assurance, said in a blog post published on Thursday. Maurice said that the vulnerabilities patched only affect Java running in browsers, and not standalone desktop Java applications or Java running on servers....

August 31, 2012 · 2 min · 370 words

Java zero day vulnerability actively used in targeted attacks

ZDNet: Security researchers from FireEye, AlienVault, and DeependResearch have intercepted targeted malware attacks utilizing the latest Java zero day exploit. The vulnerability affects Java 7 (1.7) Update 0 to 6. It does not affect Java 6 and below. Based on related reports, researchers were able to reproduce the exploit on Windows 7 SP1 with Java 7 Update 6. There’s also a Metasploit module available. Upon successful exploitation, the campaign drops MD5: 4a55bf1448262bf71707eef7fc168f7d – detected by 28 out of 42 antivirus scanners as Gen:Trojan....

August 27, 2012 · 1 min · 189 words

Apple releases Java update with Flashback removal tool

The H-Online: As expected, Apple has released an updated version of the Java implementation for its Mac OS X operating system that includes a removal tool for the Flashback trojan. According to the company, the update, labelled “Java for OS X 2012-003“, finds and removes the “most common variants” of the malware which had infected approximately 600,000 systems using flaws in the previous version of Java. Additionally, the new Java update for Mac OS X 10....

April 13, 2012 · 2 min · 261 words

Java SE updates fix critical security holes

The H-Online: Oracle has fixed 14 security holes in the Java Standard Edition (Java SE) with a critical patch update. The vulnerabilities allow attackers to use specially crafted Java WebStart applications or web services in order to install malicious code on computers that run flawed versions of Java. Oracle says that such flawed versions are particularly likely to exist on Windows computers because Windows users tend to have admin privileges. The risk is smaller under operating systems such as Linux and Solaris, the company added....

February 15, 2012 · 1 min · 203 words

Java 6 Update 27 released

Java™ SE 6 Update 27 The full internal version number for this update release is 1.6.0_27-b07 (where “b” means “build”). The external version number is 6u27. Highlights This update release contains important enhancements for Java applications: Improved performance and stability Certification for Firefox 5 Update release notes: Complete bug fix list:

August 25, 2011 · 1 min · 53 words

Apple To Remove Java from Mac OS X?

After the news that the new MacBook Airs do not ship with Flash pre-installed (which is news considering Flash has been part of Mac OS X for a very long time), we now have news that Apple is also taking what appears to be the first steps towards removing Apple’s own Java runtime from Mac OS X. The wording is a tiny little bit ambiguous, but it would seem like Apple is preparing to ditch Java as a standard part of Mac OS X....

October 22, 2010 · 2 min · 267 words

Java surpasses Adobe kit as most attacked software

Researcher sees ‘unprecedented wave of Java exploitation’ Oracle’s Java framework has surpassed Adobe applications as the most attacked software package, according to a Microsoft researcher who warned she was seeing “an unprecedented wave of Java exploitation.” The spike began in the third-quarter of last year and has climbed steadily since, according to data reported on Monday by Holly Stewart, a member of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center. By the beginning of this year, the number of Java exploits “had well surpassed the total number of Adobe-related exploits we monitored,” she said....

October 20, 2010 · 2 min · 329 words