Homeland Security urges computer users to disable Java

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According to some security experts the Java software from Oracle which is installed on millions of computers world-wide is prone to some sort of buffer-overflow exploit that would grant hackers access to your computer. Oracle was not reached for comment on this current issue.

The fact that an U.S. Department warns people to stop using specific software is not uncommon but it sure is rather strange. Such cases could only mean one thing: People are desperate and everyone tries to minimize the impact of this new 0day Java exploit. A browser without Java could still function in normal conditions and only Java applications won’t run. So if you want to be on the safe-side then go ahead and disable Java until Oracle comes with a security patch. But be sure not to accidentally disable Javascript instead of Java! Many people make this mistake although Java and Javascript are two different things.

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