Norwegian security experts have discovered a new serious vulnerability in Java’s latest version and earlier versions. The program is used, among other things, for secure login to online banking and other sites with sensitive personal information.
Operation Chief at NSM NorCERT, Marie Moe said to TV2 that they realized the new security threat on Thursday and asked the Norwegian Internet users to disable Java.
– We recommend that you disable Java in your browser because this application is particularly vulnerable. You can be infected just by visiting any website. It can occur at even ordinary websites and we have seen that it could be from commercials, Moe says to TV2
Java is a set of several computer software products and specifications from Sun Microsystems, that together provide a system for developing application software and deploying it in a cross-platform computing environment. Java is used in a wide variety of computing platforms from embedded devices and mobile phones. Java applets are also used to provide improved and secure functions while browsing the internet on desktop computers.
Computer specialists in the USA also spoke out against the latest version of Java, saying that it was not secure and that people should disable Java. One specialist said: “Java is a mess. It’s not secure” and went further on to say that Oracle needed to get their act together and sort it out.