Java Update is Full of ‘Crapware’
Ed Bott points out that the recent “must install” Java update was bundled with crapware and examines why foistware still exists.
Oracle this week released an update for its widely used Java software, fixing a zero-day vulnerability that was being actively exploited to install malware via drive-by downloads.
But before you begin patting Oracle on the back for its quick response, note two things about that update:
It might not actually fix the underlying security issues. Along with the must-install security update, Oracle continues to include crapware.
Yes, adding insult to injury, Oracle is actually making money and cheapening your web browsing experience by automatically installing the Ask toolbar, which in turn tries to change your default search engine and home page.
I’m ready to move Oracle’s Java to the top of my Foistware Hall of Shame, alongside Adobe, for crap like this.
Why does crapware still exist? Follow the Silicon Valley money trail
—Ed Bott | zdnet.com 1/13/2013