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Security – Zero day attack – Disable Java

28/08/2012

A zero day (brand new) attack has arrived – it uses Java.  We are advised to disable Java on our browsers – but few will tell you how to do this.

 

How to disable Java – in Firefox

To disable Java applets in Firefox:

*Firefox Browser

*Tools

*Add-ons

*Plugins

*Java (TM) Platform

*DISABLE

 

Details of the attack are here

Disable Java NOW, users told, as 0-day exploit hits web

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/27/disable_java_to_block_exploit/

In the form in which it was discovered, the exploit only works on Windows machines, because the payload that it downloads is a Windows executable. But the hackers behind the Metasploit penetration testing software say they have studied the exploit and found that it could just as easily be used to attack machines running Linux or Mac OS X, given the appropriate payload.

All browsers running on these systems were found to be vulnerable if they had the Java plugin installed, including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari.

 

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