By Leo Notenboom
As you know, there is much talk on the web about the latest Java vulnerability, presumably coming from China. As I use Java a lot (being a non-geek !!) and that this is rumored to be quite serious, I would like your opinion on the matter. The usual remedy on the web is either to uninstall/disable Java altogether!
When I did this, however, I found that a lot lot of my favorite websites just did not function (at least not fully!). In particular, my online crosswords which I really like. So then as I use Firefox exclusively, I downloaded no-script (can remember that you use it yourself from previous article) and have used it sparingly (no whitelist’s as yet).
That’s actually just one example of several questions that I received this week relating to a recently discovered zero-day exploit of an unpatched vulnerability in Java. My understanding is that a fix is now available, but the scenario has brought to light something very important:
Let’s look at each and why in situations like this it’s so critical to understand that there is a difference.
Disclaimer: I’ll definitely be over-simplifying here. The pesky details and the nuances aren’t really that critical and I don’t want them to distract from the main issue.
This post is excerpted with permission from Leo Notenboom.