Oracle issues megapatch to shore up Java security

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Gets patchy with it.

Reacting to a spate of recent critical security flaws that has made the Java runtime environment a popular target for attackers, Oracle has fast-tracked the release of a patch to plug holes in the software.

The February 2013 Critical Patch Update Advisory contains 50 new security fixes for several products, including Java 5.0 update 38, 6 update 38 (and earlier) and the most recent JRE 7 update 11 and previous versions.

JavaFX and current development kits are also affected by the security advisory.

Oracle said that the massive patch was brought forward due to "active exploitation in the wild of one of the vulnerabilities affecting the Java Runtime Environment in desktop browsers". 

Otherwise, the patch was scheduled for release on 19 February. 

Writing on the Oracle Software Security Assurance blog, Eric Maurice advised that 44 of the 50 vulnerabilites apply only to client deployment of Java such as in browsers, with one security flaw affecting the installation of the runtime environment itself.

However, Maurice warned that three of the vulnerabilites also apply to server deployments and could be exploited through supplying malicious input to application programming interfaces.

"The size of this Critical Patch Update, as well as its early publication, demonstrate Oracle’s intention to accelerate the release of Java fixes, particularly to help address the security worthiness of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in desktop browsers," Maurice said.

The company recommended that users apply the megapatch as soon as possible, thanks to the threat posed by a successful attack.

Oracle plans to release further critical patch updates on a quarterly schedule, with the next one due 18 June, followed by 15 October and then 14 January 2014.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Oracle issues megapatch to shore up Java security
 
 
 
Top Stories
Coalition's NBN cost-benefit study finds in favour of MTM
FTTP costs too much, would take too long.
 
Who'd have picked a BlackBerry for the Internet of Things?
[Blog] BlackBerry has a more secure future in the physical world.
 
Will Nutanix be outflanked before reaching IPO?
VMware muscles in on storage startup in hyper-converged infrastructure.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Which is the most prevalent cyber attack method your organisation faces?




   |   View results
Phishing and social engineering
  68%
 
Advanced persistent threats
  3%
 
Unpatched or unsupported software vulnerabilities
  12%
 
Denial of service attacks
  7%
 
Insider threats
  11%
TOTAL VOTES: 624

Vote