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01/11/2013 13:07:00

Java software said to put computers in peril

map of zero day out break

The US Department of Homeland Security warned Thursday that a flaw in Java software is so dangerous that people should stop using it.

"This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits," the department’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team said in a notice on its website.

"We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem."

The recommended solution was to disable Java, which typically runs as a plug-in program in web browsers.


read these —» write up from Krebs, ArsTechnica and SecureList.


Mitre CVE-2013-0422, CERT VU#625617


Protip: Just disable the useless Java Plugin in your browser and you should be OK for the most part. A bit wild if you are using Internet Explorer. But then again: Why the hell are you still using IE? Stop that right this instant!

I also like how clueless the DHS rep is and then the very next line is how to mitigate.

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