Oracle releases Java 7 update 11 for zero-day flaw nevertheless concerns linger
A zero-day vulnerability noticed inside Java last week motivated separate warnings within the US government, Apple, plus Mozilla advising consumers to not utilize the program. Apple took the uncommon step of disabling the Java 7 plug-in about Macs where it happens to be installed by updating its “Xprotect.plist” blacklist, element of the anti-malware built into OS X.
Oracle introduced a patch for the vulnerability about Sunday plus now Apple introduced Java 7 Update 11 that addresses the vulnerability. However you will not be from the woods merely yet.
Although Java 7 update 11 satisfies OS X anti-malware’s requirement for a minimal Java adaptation quantity of 1.7.0_10-b19 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reiterated its caution which the Java internet browser plug-in still poses risks – even following Oracle’s update 11 patch is installed.
“Unless it is actually completely essential to run Java inside Internet browsers, disable it [...] even following updating to [Update 11].”
ZDNet’s Zack Whitttaker reports that repairing the zero-day exploit “may take 2 years,” quoting Rapid7 chief protection officer HD Moore (through Reuters) because suggesting “The safest thing to do at this point is simply assume which Java is constantly going to be vulnerable. Folks don’t want Java about their desktop.”