Data Storage Today

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
News & Information for Data Storage Professionals
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Saturday, April 19th 
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Data Centers
Storage Solutions
Storage Networks
Data Storage Issues
Data Security
DST Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Data Security

Oracle Pushes Out Emergency Java Fix

Oracle Pushes Out Emergency Java Fix
January 14, 2013 10:08AM

Bookmark and Share
Security analyst Paul Henry said the Java patch Oracle is issuing will solve the immediate problem by preventing this particular issue. "However, the underlying cause of the vulnerability is not being fixed with this patch and I'd guess it's a year or more before we see that problem truly solved," Henry said of the flaw in Java.

Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week made an urgent recommendation to computer users: disable Java software. The warning came at the discovery of a vulnerability that has the potential to allow criminal hackers to compromise millions of PCs. It's yet another zero-day exploit in Java.

Oracle on Sunday released Security Alert CVE-2012-0422 to address two vulnerabilities affecting Java in Web browsers. These vulnerabilities do not affect Java on servers, Java desktop applications, or embedded Java, according to Eric Maurice, software security assurance director at Oracle.

"These vulnerabilities, which only affect Oracle Java 7 versions, are both remotely exploitable without authentication and have received a CVSS Base Score of 10.0," Maurice said. "Oracle recommends that this Security Alert be applied as soon as possible because these issues may be exploited 'in the wild' and some exploits are available in various hacking tools."

Java Security "High"

Maurice said the exploit conditions for these vulnerabilities are the same: to be successfully exploited, an attacker needs to trick an unsuspecting user into browsing a malicious Web site.

Execution of the malicious applet within the browser of the unsuspecting users then allows the attacker to execute arbitrary code in the vulnerable system. These vulnerabilities are applicable only to Java in Web browsers because they are exploitable through malicious browser applets.

With this Security Alert, and in addition to the fixes for CVE-2013-0422 and CVE-2012-3174, Oracle is switching Java security settings to "high" by default. Note also that Java SE 7 Update 10 introduced the ability for users to easily disable Java in their browsers through the Java Control Panel.

"The high security setting requires users to expressly authorize the execution of applets which are either unsigned or are self-signed," Maurice said. "As a result, unsuspecting users visiting malicious Web sites will be notified before an applet is run and will gain the ability to deny the execution of the potentially malicious applet."

Root Cause Remains

Paul Henry, a forensic analyst at Lumension, said the patch Oracle is issuing will solve the immediate problem by preventing this particular issue.

"However, the underlying cause of the vulnerability is not being fixed with this patch and I'd guess it's a year or more before we see that problem truly solved, which will require some fundamental changes to Java," Henry told us.

"If you can, disable Java, but unfortunately, that's difficult to do. So many Internet applications require Java to function. The developers of these applications need to be looking at alternatives to Java. In the meantime, while we wait for that or a fundamental change to Java, you should apply this patch to buy some time and prevent this particular expression of the vulnerability from activating on your machine."

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Data Security
1. Heartbleed Exploit Could Cost Millions
2. Michaels: Nearly 3M Cards Breached
3. Malware Targets Facebook Users
4. IBM Adds Disaster Recovery to SoftLayer
5. How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug




 Most Popular Articles
1. Intel Bets on Cloudera for Big Data Analytics
2. SAP HANA Data Warehouse App Gets Faster Analytics
3. California DMV Investigates Possible Security Breach
4. Fast Seagate 6 TB Drive Offered for Enterprise Data Centers
5. Resetting All Passwords Now May Be Worst Heartbleed Fix

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  Heartbleed Exploit Could Cost Millions
  Michaels: Nearly 3M Cards Breached
  Malware Targets Facebook Users
  IBM Adds Disaster Recovery to SoftLayer
  How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug

 Technology Marketplace

Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Enterprise Hardware
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Enterprise I.T.
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
Data Storage Today
Home/Top News | Data Centers | Storage Solutions | Storage Networks | Data Storage Issues | Data Security | DST Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 Data Storage Today. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.