Sophos Techknow - All about Java

Filed Under: Featured, Java, Linux, Malware, Oracle, Podcast, Vulnerability

Welcome to another episode of Techknow, the podcast in which Sophos experts debate, explore and explain the often baffling world of computer security.

In this episode, entitled All about Java, Paul Ducklin and Chester Wisniewski dig into the what, the how, and most importantly the why, of the popular programming language that dominated security headlines in August 2012 for all the wrong reasons.

Java brings with it some significant risks, yet for many people, it's "just there on my computer." And the reason it's there is, "It's always been there. And you need it for lots of websites, don't you?"

Even in the business world, many organisations never quite seem to have got around to asking where, or even if, Java is needed on corporate assets such as laptops and servers.

In this quarter-hour podcast, Duck and Chet tell you All about Java (did you know it was originally named after a tree?), and help you to make an informed decision in balancing its risks and rewards.

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8 Responses to Sophos Techknow - All about Java

  1. JimboC · 729 days ago

    I have only just seen this article from ZDNet stating that the recent Java patch may have introduced a new vulnerability. I agree with your advice to uninstall or disable Java.

    I uninstalled it 3 to 4 years ago and I have not regretted that move. I simply got tired of patching it constantly when I rarely used it.

    Here is the link to the ZDNet article:
    http://www.zdnet.com/oracles-emergency-java-patch...

    Thanks.

  2. Andrew · 729 days ago
    • Paul Ducklin · 727 days ago

      Lucian form Romania (hi, Lucian!) also pointed this out to us.

      I pointed it out to Chester who admitted, "I hadn't noticed that Chrome had snuck that in" :-)

  3. JimboC · 729 days ago

    This is a really easy to understand podcast that explains all of the intricacies of Java and how it is used in every day web browsing.

    The advice about what we should do to stay to secure was also easy to understand and very helpful. Thanks for another great podcast.

  4. carlos · 728 days ago

    Uninstalling Java is the way to go. Most people never need it, and it's so much easier to maintain a flock of computers without the constant need to update it.

    This is good advice that more admins should follow.

  5. martin · 725 days ago

    whats the name of the plug-in i can download for internet explorer 2 warn me if sites r gonna use jave applets please??

  6. sree · 697 days ago

    I have only just seen this article from ZDNet stating that the recent Java patch may have introduced a new vulnerability. I agree with your advice to uninstall or disable Java.

    I uninstalled it 3 to 4 years ago and I have not regretted that move. I simply got tired of patching it constantly when I rarely used it.

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Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. (That's like an evangelist, but more so!) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too. Paul won the inaugural AusCERT Director's Award for Individual Excellence in Computer Security in 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @duckblog