This notice is not related to diabetes or TuDiabetes, specifically, but is an important security warning for any of our members and visitors who use PCs. Please continue reading.
The Department of Homeland Security is urging computer users to disable or uninstall the Java programming language because of a serious security vulnerability.
The flaw in Java 7 "can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system," according to a warning posted Thursday by the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses may be affected.
Hackers could exploit the flaw to install malicious software or malware that could make users vulnerable to identity theft or allow their computers to be exploited by "botnets" that could crash networks or be used to attack web sites.
"Note that applications that use the Internet Explorer web content rendering components, such as Microsoft Office or Windows Desktop Search, may also be used as an attack vector for this vulnerability," the warning adds.
DHS said it is "currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem."
Java was developed by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle bought in 2010. There's no indication when a security patch might be available, and Oracle had no comment Friday night, Reuters said.
Java allows programmers to write software using a single set of code that will run on almost any computer.
MacRumors reports that Apple has already disabled the Java 7 plug-in installed on Macs.
Hi Holger, I found my Java control panel but didn't see where to disable it. I also went to add ons but it doesn't appear in that feature. I know I have Java 7 but don't know where to disable it, is there some where else that I can disable. Also does any know what we would use to upload our carelink as Nel touched on before and also other apps that need Java?
If you are not sure and the link I have mentioned does not help then deinstall Java. Until a fix is available all the Apps needing Java can not be used. But I am sure a fix will be available soon - just a matter of days in my opinion.
Here's a link to the actusl warning on Homeland Security's page. I leave it to the techies to decipher.
I post this mainly because I was skeptical at first as well, but it is apparently not a hoax.
My husband replaced our Java 7 with Java 6 an hour ago, hoping that would help. Java 6 seems to be working fine except for some reason, the photos on My Page are now not scrolling, even though they are scrolling on the TuD homepage. Problems, problems, problems!
It's the plug-in not the Java Virtual Machine which is what your husband replaced. Only enable the Java plug-in when doing critical stuff. Disable it when just surfing the Internet. Especially if you frequent Adult Sites! Joking of course.
This rivals the debacle with Internet Explorer 4.
Howie from the Island ...you are welcome for a visit , ha, ha ...but maybe not ..it is snowing again and you may get stuck .
Java Version 7 Update 11 is now available. If you really need Java you should only run this updated version. In general Java is not necessary to use TuDiabetes.