Oracle says Java flaw will be fixed 'shortly'

Oracle says Java flaw will be fixed 'shortly'

Oracle says Java flaw will be fixed 'shortly'

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 12 at 7:22 PM

NEW YORK - Oracle Corp. says it will soon fix a flaw in its Java software that caught the attention of the Department of Homeland Security.

In a statement, the company says it was "aware of a flaw in Java software integrated with web browsers."

The glitch is only in the JDK7 version of the software and the company says it "does not affect Java applications directly installed and running on servers, desktops, laptops and other devices."

Oracle adds "A fix will be available shortly."

Thursday, the DHS had advised people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks. Computer security experts believed hackers had found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other high-tech mischief.

Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs that can run on just about any computer's operating system.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.

Oracle posted a "patch pre-release announcement" on their website saying an Oracle Critical Patch Update for January 2013 will be released on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.

The release states "A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. This Critical Patch Update contains 86 new security vulnerability fixes across hundreds of Oracle products. Some of the vulnerabilities addressed in this Critical Patch Update affect multiple products.  Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply Critical Patch Update fixes as soon as possible."

Resources

Homeland Security press release

How to disable Java 7 browser

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