Java Zero Day Exploits – Steps to Deal it with Zeal

You might have read about the commotion going on about the Java Zero Day exploits that has been creating a huge panic among computer geeks. Though this may be a new for the world Oracle has known about the Java problem from the month of April, they were planning to reveal the truth to the world by October when the Java updates will be reduced as scheduled. The computerworld has estimated that this exploits have been added to the hacker’s blackhole kit. As we all know that the problem is considered as very serious by the computer world experts. They are constantly recommending the users to disable Java from their browsers. It is clear now that we need to protect our software from this dangerous issue.

Most of the antivirus software that we use today will be identifying only those specific viruses that has been added to the “blacklist” viruses. Since the issue will be rectified with the new latest updates, it has been found that the new updates will make your software safe. The security community is continuously denouncing the Oracle for the zero day vulnerability happening in Java. Experts are advising the people to disable Java as soon as possible. But the question arises what would be our plight if we disable Java for those important functionalities that we were depending so much for our everyday virtual activities. This situation reminds me of an extraordinary evoking ideas that was written about latest backlash by Antone Gonsalves.

In his visionary note he has written, “Java is used in 3 billion devices worldwide, says its steward, Oracle. The platform’s ubiquity makes it a favorite hacker target along with the fact that the platform often goes unpatched in people’s computers. Security company Rapid7 estimates that 65% of the installations today are unpatched. Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle said, “Many people don’t even know Java is installed on their computers and browsers, and that’s a huge problem. Oracle contributes to the problem by not working more closely with the security industry in building better defenses in Java.

Java Zero Day ExploitsThe company shares very little information with security experts between patches. “ You need to disable Java from your web browsers only if it is not terminating your accessibility to your specific business applications. In case the Java application is inevitable for your functioning then you can try to install a separate browser that is compatible with Java for conducting your business operations effectively. Rob Rachwald who is the director of security strategy at the Imperva said, “IT departments should really consider if users need to access Java for business critical applications, otherwise, they should get rid of it,”

The users can also try to configure your firewall by blocking the Java plug-in installed in your browser while accessing the internet. But this can be exempted if the destined site is put on a whitelist safety zone. If you have any new optional ideas aside from those Antone has suggested regarding the safety of your software that is effective even without the deadly Java script, then please share it with us to help millions across the world!

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