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BodyworkeR

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Hi,

I updated my Java JRE to version SE 7 U10 a week ago along with updating Firefox to v18. Yesterday I noticed that Firefox had disabled this new Java JRE plugin. I checked on the Mozilla forums and on Secunia's forums as well and indeed this plugin is documented to have a serious vulnerability. Secunia says this vulnerability "can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system". Mozilla's forum says more or less the same thing. Apparently this was only discovered the day before yesterday, 1/10/2012 even tho the JRE was released Dec 12, 2012.

So my question is does anyone know any more about this potential exploit? Exactly how dangerous would it be to enable the plug in anyway, especially for a Web site that I've been to many times before? Might anyone either know or maybe even just wish to speculate how long before Oracle will provide an update?

Also, Mozilla's forum says that this exploit is present in older versions of the JRE even though Firefox doesn't disable the older versions.

If anyone has any opinions they'd like to share on these issues, I'm very interested.

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BodyworkeR

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Oracle has updated Java to version SE7 U11 and Firefox has again disabled the new Java plugin. Mozilla's forum is pretty annoyed with Oracle at this point but as far as I know Java is still enabled in other browsers. So my questions above still hold. Does anyone have any opinions to share?
 

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Firefox automatically disable all new plugins & you have to allow them as a security measure
 

Glaswegian

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I've already uninstalled Java from my system and disabled it in my browser. It has had no effect on any site I've visited, including online banking.
 
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I agree with glaswegian. No site I have ever been to needs Java. Most of the video content needs adobe flash player, not java. Also, java is very insecure. I would get viruses exploited through java all the time, even with it updated to the latest version, and set to check for updates everyday. I would highly, highly recommended completely removing java.
 
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Java's online format is called Java Applets. Very few sites use it as far as I know. Java's offline execution is thru .bat files, and I think it can be made into an exe file, but not with their native tools. That was the way I was taught in university a few years ago. I think Universities prefer to teach Java because they don't back commercial interests like Microsoft's tools, and secondly because it has all the good features of a up to date computer language.
 

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Lol - not one I visit very often.:D FoxClocks does the trick for me in Firefox.
 
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