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Oracle updates Java, security expert says it still has bugs

Published on Jan 14, 2013 7:23 AM
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This April 23, 2007 file photo shows the Java logo at Sun Microsystems' offices in Menlo Park, Calif. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks. Oracle Corp. bought Java as part of a $7.3 billion acquisition of the software's creator, Sun Microsystems, in 2010. -- PHOTO : AP

BOSTON (REUTERS) - Oracle Corp released an emergency update to its widely used Java software for surfing the Web on Sunday, days after the US government urged PC users to disable the program because of a bug it said made computers vulnerable to attack by hackers.

Java security expert Adam Gowdiak, who has discovered several bugs in the software over the past year, said that the update from Oracle leaves unfixed several critical security flaws.

"We don't dare to tell users that it's safe to enable Java again," said Gowdiak, a researcher with Poland's Security Explorations. An Oracle spokesman declined to comment on Gowdiak's analysis.

Oracle said on its security blog on Sunday that its update fixed two vulnerabilities in the version of Java 7 for Web browsers. It said that it also switched Java's security settings to"high" by default, making it more difficult for suspicious programs to run on a personal computer without the knowledge of the user.

 
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