Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Vanity - Is JAVA now Safe?

Posted on 02/25/2013 5:02:44 PM PST by pfflier

A few weeks ago we were advised to disable or uninstall JAVA because of some malware. Is that problem now fixed? Do any Freepers have a suggestion for a trusted download site to reinstall JAVA?


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: java; malware
Thanks for your help
1 posted on 02/25/2013 5:02:52 PM PST by pfflier
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: pfflier

NO. I read somewhere that Java will take years to fix according to the company.

The funny thing is that their are so many web sites that won’t work without it because that is how they are designed.


2 posted on 02/25/2013 5:11:27 PM PST by Revel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Revel
The funny thing is that their are so many web sites that won’t work without it because that is how they are designed.

There are not that many that require Java.

Don't confuse Java with Javascript. Two totally different things. The only thing they really have in common are four letters in their name.

3 posted on 02/25/2013 5:17:27 PM PST by Mannaggia l'America
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Revel

I really liked using Firefox but they turned off all the java sites and in some instances; like the Doppler radar sites there was no way to see the radar. Also dell.com and adobe.com homepages never worked with firefox.

Anyway I switched to Google Chrome and not looking back.


4 posted on 02/25/2013 5:19:16 PM PST by Hang'emAll (If guns kill people, do pencils misspell words?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: pfflier
The vulnerability was supposed to have been fixed in 1.7.0_13. 1.7.0_15 is now out. Download site is here. You want the JRE download.
5 posted on 02/25/2013 5:20:53 PM PST by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pfflier
Another Freeper pointed me to this Mozilla site that checks all your browser plug-ins to see if they're current, and provides links to up them if they're not. Works with Firefox or IE:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/

6 posted on 02/25/2013 5:21:09 PM PST by Yo-Yo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mannaggia l'America

I uninstalled Java over a year ago and haven’t noticed it was gone; except for the reductions in Trojans found by my anti-virus.


7 posted on 02/25/2013 5:21:52 PM PST by Askwhy5times (http://bluegrasspundit.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: pfflier
Do any Freepers have a suggestion for a trusted download site to reinstall JAVA?

It doesn't really have anything to do with where you download it. If you need the Java runtime, get it from Oracle, which owns Java now, from their java.com site.

The problem with Java is the exploits on the web that take advantage of security holes in it.

The holes found last month supposedly have been patched, but two new ones were just revealed today.

Researcher unearths two new Java zero-day bugs

I would not install it unless you know you need it.

8 posted on 02/25/2013 5:23:56 PM PST by Mannaggia l'America
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Askwhy5times
I uninstalled Java over a year ago and haven’t noticed it was gone; except for the reductions in Trojans found by my anti-virus.

Right - Java is now mostly used on the server side of web sites, not on the browser side. It's rarely needed on user's PC's.

But people often confuse Java with Javascript - totally unrelated.

9 posted on 02/25/2013 5:27:25 PM PST by Mannaggia l'America
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: pfflier

10 posted on 02/25/2013 5:30:33 PM PST by hole_n_one
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pfflier

JAVA is OK.

It’s the cream and sugar that are bad for you.


11 posted on 02/25/2013 5:40:47 PM PST by Darteaus94025
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pfflier

JAVA is OK.

It’s the cream and sugar that are bad for you.


12 posted on 02/25/2013 5:40:55 PM PST by Darteaus94025
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pfflier

I had to download the new version to use my Dlink security cam. Seems to be OK now!


13 posted on 02/25/2013 5:52:20 PM PST by Renegade
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pfflier

I think they fixed the latest set of exploits with the latest release of Java v7. Unfortunately, a couple of software packages we use as a major part of our business requires v6, and simply will not work with v7, so we’re stuck until the software vendor upgrades their software to work with v7.

Luckily, we do have a 3rd party monitoring all our Internet traffic, so if they see the start of a known Java exploit, they block that IP address. However, most companies, and no individuals that I’m aware of, have that option.

Java is inherently “exploitable,” much as older versions of Windows were.

Mark


14 posted on 02/25/2013 6:04:34 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pfflier

Oracle releases emergency Java patch; experts warn flaws may take 2 years to fix

http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/oracle-releases-emergency-java-patch-experts-warn-flaws-may-take-2-years-fix


15 posted on 02/25/2013 6:08:27 PM PST by Revel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pfflier
Vanity - Is JAVA now Safe?

No.
That perpetually irritating JUCHECK POPUP is still irritationg PC users worldwide, and Oracle America has not seen fit to provide an easy way to fix the problem.

I will NEVER use an Oracle or Sun system PRODUCT in my life!!

It's not like this is a new and benign problem.
Grrrrrrrrr!

16 posted on 02/25/2013 6:10:02 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Unin label, then buy something else.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Freepers, your Contributions make every difference!
Please keep ‘em coming! Thank you all very much!

17 posted on 02/25/2013 6:12:51 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: pfflier

No! You MUST upgrade to MOCHAJAVA TO BE SAFE.


18 posted on 02/25/2013 6:13:16 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pfflier
No. Never. It's junk.

Javascript is fine, tho.

19 posted on 02/25/2013 6:31:51 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hang'emAll

You should have checked Firefox’s settings. Works fine for me.


20 posted on 02/25/2013 6:34:50 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: All

Microsoft Security Essentials is still the best AV program and it is free.

It also caught the Java “Blackhole” Malware exploit and Deleted it.

I usually run FireFox 17 but also have IE 8, Google Chrome and Safari Browsers on my Windows XP SP3 Dell PC

I’m running a 2.00 Ghz Intel Duo Core CPU and 4GB of RAM, although WXP only recognizes 3.5GB of RAM, along with a 512MB video card.

I dislike W7 & WinVista as they are extremely bloated Operating Systems and even though WXP is over 10 years old it still does a good job.

I remember when W95 was first released. The minimum system requirements were a 486DX CPU and 8MB RAM


21 posted on 02/25/2013 6:39:10 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("I can see unhinged liberal media bias from my house!" My President is Wayne Lapierre.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Yo-Yo

Thanks for the tip. It was a very easy and intuitive site to use. Some applications that were slow or inconsistent are now running at peak levels. Thanks!!


22 posted on 02/25/2013 6:45:52 PM PST by pfflier
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: pfflier

Ironically I just received a Java update notification while perusing FR. Took 3 minutes to download and install.


23 posted on 02/25/2013 7:16:55 PM PST by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: hole_n_one

Der Weiss Angel


24 posted on 02/26/2013 7:46:07 AM PST by jttpwalsh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson