Oracle expedited new security updates which were originally scheduled for February 19th.
Since the malicious outbreaks through unsecured holes in Java's system, Oracle has been working to patch up the easy entrance ways for hackers. Recently the software had been hacked by third party programs which directed users to malicious web sites. The new security update, which came out this past friday, is aimed at repairing 50 security vulnerabilities.
On January 13th, Oracle had delivered an emergency security update but Homeland Security still found unsecured holes in the system. The department then recommended users to disable the software on computers. Oracle made the decision to hurry an early release based on flaws affecting the Java Runtime Environment that were being exploited. Eric Maurice, director for Oracle's Software Security Assurance, commented on the issue. "Oracle felt that, releasing this Critical Patch Update two weeks ahead of our intended schedule, instead of releasing a one-off fix through a Security Alert, would be more effective in helping preserve the security posture of Java customers." This new update, aside from fixing other flaws, will address this specific flaw affecting the Runtime Environment. Users will or should have received a notice about the update but the latest version can also be attained at Java's website.
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