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Java tipped in Red October – may be Homeland Security’s hang-up

Java tipped in Red October – may be Homeland Security’s hang-up

Over the past several days, the US Department of Homeland Security has issued warnings against using Java due to newly discovered security weaknesses - today it's been tipped that the Red October cyberespionage attacks may have had their own Java iterations. The two have not been put together by the Israeli IT security firm Seculert, the group that today suggests Red October was implemented not just via email downloads and USB sticks, but through web-based Java exploits as well. Could that and Homeland Security's warning be timed both right here at this point in time together without any relation to one another?

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Homeland Security still warns against Java use despite fix

Homeland Security still warns against Java use despite fix

Well that didn't last very long: this morning Oracle released a fix for a Java vulnerability that had the government suggesting users turn off the software. As it turns out, The Department of Homeland Security is still saying that Java poses a risk, despite the fix. The Department said in an updated security note this afternoon that Java 7 Update 11 may not actually restrict access to privileged code.

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Java fix released after “do not use” warning

Java fix released after “do not use” warning

Oracle has quickly whipped up a fix for its much-maligned Java, after the US Department of Homeland Security recommended web users disable or remove the software to secure their internet use. Java 7 Update 11, released late on Sunday, changes the default security settings so that unsigned Java applets or Web Start applications prompt for permission to run first, as opposed to the potentially dangerous previous behavior where they could operate without permission.

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Turn off Java, they warn… Here’s how you do it

Turn off Java, they warn… Here’s how you do it

Security advice for web users last week from the US Department of Homeland Security recommended that Java should be disabled, lest a growing number of exploits leave your computer open to hacking. "Java vulnerabilities have been widely targeted by attackers, and new Java vulnerabilities are likely to be discovered" the US-CERT warned, and argued that users should "consider disabling Java in web browsers until adequate updates are available." Read on past the cut for cross-browser details as to how to do that.

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Users advised to disable Java due to security weakness

Users advised to disable Java due to security weakness

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning regarding Java, advising users to disable it in their web browsers. Following this was a Critical Patch Update Pre-Release Announcement from Oracle, which suggests that users temporarily disable it because of security issues. Says the advisement, Java leaves the computer open to attack.

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Apple removes Java from OS X browsers with Mac update

Apple removes Java from OS X browsers with Mac update

On Wednesday, Apple released a Mac update for Lion and Mountain Lion that strips all Mac browsers of the Java plugin, another move in the company's effort to distance itself from Oracle's Java software. Once the update is installed, users presented with Java content will see a placeholder that reads "Missing Plug-in." After which point, users can then download the plug-in directly if desired.

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Oracle agrees to $0 and moves to appeal vs Google

Oracle agrees to $0 and moves to appeal vs Google

In a case whose roots go much further back than the few weeks and months that the actual in-court session has lasted, Oracle has accepted defeat at the hands of Google with a total of $0 damages. This case had Oracle suing Google for codes used in Android that they said the latter company had used without permission, looking to get reparations amounting in the billions. Instead what's happened is that the majority of the case has gone Google's way, and Oracle has accepted an agreement in which not only will they pay for Google's legal fees, they'll have essentially nothing to show for it in the end.

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Oracle ordered to pay Google’s legal fees

Oracle ordered to pay Google’s legal fees

In the latest of a series of burns Google is issuing to Oracle amid the ruling that they were not in the wrong in their recent legal spat, the judge presiding over the case has ruled that Oracle is now responsible for all of Google's legal fees. Thusly they'll have lost a whole lot more than what they originally felt they were entitled to from Google as their claim that Google's usage of "their" code was done without their permission. Google spokesperson Jim Prosser has come forth to say that the total in damages for this final round of suits came to $300,000 USD.

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Pro-Google jury doubted Oracle all along says foreman

Pro-Google jury doubted Oracle all along says foreman

Oracle faced a stronger than expected challenge convincing the jury in the Android case that Google had willfully infringed Java patents, post-trial comments have revealed, with most leaning heavily toward the search company throughout the case. Despite earlier speculation that the 12-strong jury was looking negatively on Google's arguments, jury foreman Greg Thompson told Ars Technica that in fact it was a 9-3 split in Google's favor on copyright issues. There are also suggestions that Oracle's stance left some on the jury feeling the company's strategies weren't in the public's best interest.

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Java judge scolds Oracle for Google fair-use ruling desperation

Java judge scolds Oracle for Google fair-use ruling desperation

Oracle has been spanked by the judge in the Android Java case for flip-flopping on its demands for a jury verdict, telling the firm he won't rule on whether Google overstepped "fair use" in its code. The ongoing lawsuit was thrown into confusion earlier this week, when the jury decided it could not settle on whether Google's use of certain lines of Java code in among Android counted as fair-use or not. Oracle's legal team subsequently pressured Judge William Alsup to make a "judgment as a matter of law" himself.

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Oracle targets Dalvik VM as Google case continues

Oracle targets Dalvik VM as Google case continues

Though the first portion of the Oracle vs Google case ended on something of a hollow victory for Oracle, the networking giant intends to plow on with its patent claims in the second section. Oracle's attorneys contend that the Dalvik virtual machine used to speed up Android's processes infringes on two of the patents that it inherited from Sun Microsystems after they purchased the company. Damages nad payments, if any are deemed necessary, will be decided in the third portion.

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Oracle vs Google suit could set dangerous API openness precedent

Oracle vs Google suit could set dangerous API openness precedent

The Google vs Oracle trial could have serious and long-lasting implications for app developers and manufacturers, experts have warned, with decisions around fair-use of APIs potentially casting coders into the morass of copyright hell. "Treating APIs as copyrightable would have a profound negative impact on interoperability, and, therefore, innovation" Julie Samuels, staff attorney at the Electronics Frontier Foundation, said of the decision. Presiding Judge William Alsup has said he will rule on whether APIs come under fair-use before the trial is out.

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