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Oracle has released its quarterly critical patch update, which includes 51 patches for Java. The company is strongly recommending, in the interests of security, that all computer users upgrade as soon as possible.

The company has listed various vulnerabilities which affect Java 5, 6, and 7, as well as Oracle Database 11g and 12c, Fusion Middleware, Enterprise Manager, E-Business Suite, Flexcube Products Suite, Oracle’s Health Sciences and Retail Products suites, Primavera, PeopleSoft, Siebel and MySQL.

But it is the huge number of Java updates which are getting the most attention, since Java is used on billions of devices. Java 7 update 45 is now the latest version of the software, and the updates close a lot of holes in the software. Researchers have said that some of the bugs were serious enough to allow an attacker to remotely take control of someone’s computer.

People who write malware love the Java programming language because it is on so many computers, therefore the number of potential targets is huge. So the best advice would be that if you need Java and you run it on your computer, then update it immediately to the latest version. But if you don’t need Java, then disable it immediately.

You can download the latest version of Java by going here, and following the very simple process.

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Source: Oracle

  1. Geek
    October 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Copy/paste in signed applet isn't working any more. Great work. What am I supposed to tell our customers?

  2. Mike
    October 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Make sure you untick the boxes on the form that appeara after you install the update, otherwise you get that crappy 'Ask' toolbar.

    I mean come on Oracle, really?

    • Garrett
      October 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      They need to pay for their hosting costs somehow.

  3. Scroogled
    October 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I use Java on a virtual machine. I try to avoid it much as possible.

    • Aibek E
      October 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Most of the users who use online banking require Java. I am afraid there is no way to avoid it for majority of the users.

      Thanks for heads up Mark!)

  4. John
    October 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    This is a bit late - the new version of Java has been out for a week or two at least.

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