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Security Update: Oracle Releases Updated February 2013 Critical Patch Update

Status Type

Security Update

Date and Time

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 17:19

Reason

Security Update

Impact

Java SE 6 and 7 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux users

WHAT HAPPENED?
 
Oracle announced the updated release of their February 2013 Critical Patch Update. This update includes all fixes provided in the February 1, 2013 Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update, plus an additional five fixes which had been previously planned for delivery.
 
Advanced Users: For a complete description of the vulnerability and updates, refer to Updated Release of the February 2013 Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update.
 
 
AFFECTED SYSTEMS:
 
Java SE 6 and 7
 

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux

 
 
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
 
Java is a programming language that powers state-of-the-art programs including utilities, games, and business applications. Java runs on more than 850 million personal computers worldwide, and on billions of devices worldwide, including mobile and TV devices.
 
 
HOW DO I PROTECT MY COMPUTER?
 
These and previous Java vulnerabilities have been widely targeted by attackers, and new Java vulnerabilities are likely to be discovered.
 
1.  Disable Java in web browsers

 
To defend against this and future Java vulnerabilities, consider disabling Java in web browsers until adequate updates have been installed. As with any software, unnecessary features should be disabled or removed as appropriate for your environment.
 
However, this is not always practical where Java-based Web applications are necessary for important operations.
 
Visit http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/636312 on how to disable Java.


 
2. If you have a reason to use Java, here are a few options:
 

  • Use Google Chrome browser which automatically blocks Java and in cases where web pages tries to access Java, you will receive a message ““The Java plug-in needs your permission to run.” and you’ll be prompted to accept or deny.
  • Set Firefox to click-to-play for similar protection.

 
3. Update your software
 

  • If you have a computer support coordinator (CSC), no action on your part is required.

 
 
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