How To Fix The Java Security Flaw

A number of major security flaws in Java were revealed earlier this week, and Oracle has broken its normal slow update process for Java to fix them. Here's how to make your machine safe again.

As Oracle's blog post on the issue explains, you can avoid the problem by updating to the latest version of Java. Windows installations of Java include an automatic updater, so if you have that enabled you should be fine. If you want a speedy way to ensure you're protected, you can use Nineite's Java installer. On other platforms, you can download the updated version from Oracle.



    Any ideas on what to do for a MacBook running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)? 10.7/Lion is required to install Java 7. It's my mum's computer. I've just disabled Java in Chrome for now, but I'm looking for a more permanent solution. The latest Java update available in Software Update is Java SE 6 1.6.0_33, which doesn't seem to have anything to do with this issue.

      According to Oracle, the latest update for Java SE 6 is Update 35 (Java SE 6 1.6.0_35), but Apple managed its own version of Java for Mac OS X before they shifted the responsibility to Oracle as of 10.7 Lion (and Java 7). Not sure if Java will ever be updated again on older OS X versions.
      Aside from that, perhaps it's better to upgrade the OS?

        It's an Early 2008 White MacBook, so it's can't run Mountain Lion, unfortunately. It was hard enough to get her to upgrade from Tiger, I think a new OS would overwhelm her. I think she'll be fine without Java, considering she mainly uses the computer for work, music, photos and Facebook. Thanks so much for the information though. If she desperately needs Java for something, I'll lend her my computer.

    Of course you may want to manually run the auto update check (via the java control panel applet), it seems the default is to check weekly and notify at somepoint within 30 days (a very weird way of doing it).

    For Win7 just go to Control Panel - Programs , select Java to launch the Java Control Panel as Tim mentioned, go to the Update tab and select update now.

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