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Homeland Security warns to disable Java amid zero-day flaw

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DHS Press Release > http://www.us-cert.gov/current/#us_cert_releases_oracle_java

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By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day | January 11, 2013 -- 16:41 GMT (08:41 PST)

Summary: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is the latest body to warn users to disable Java software amid escalating concerns over a serious, exploitable vulnerability.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned users to disable or uninstall Java software on their computers, amid continuing fears and an escalation in warnings from security experts that hundreds of millions of business and consumer users are vulnerable to a serious flaw.

Hackers have discovered a weakness in Java 7 security that could allow the installation of malicious software and... http://www.zdnet.com/homeland-security-warns-to-disable-java-amid-zero-day-flaw-7000009713/

More at Forbes >> On Friday, Mozilla announced it was blocking all recent Java plugins from automatically loading in the browser unless a user specifically “clicks to play.”

Turning off Java can be done in a few simple steps, depending on which browsers you use.

Mac owners who use Google Chrome can go to Chrome://plugins and verify that the Java plugin is disabled. If you use Safari, you can choose Safari>Preferences, click security and uncheck the box that says “enable Java.” If you use Firefox, you can choose Tools>Add-ons, search “My add-ons” and disable any Java plugin.

Windows users can find a good guide to turning off Java on KrebsonSecurity.com .