Friday 12 August 2011

21 reasons to uninstall Java by Oracle


this week pushed an updated version of its Java runtime environment
that fixes 21 security vulnerabilities, 19 of which allow attackers to
remotely install malicious software on end-user machines.

The company recommends users install Java 6 Update 24
as soon as possible, but before readers follow though, allow us to
offer this modest proposal: Try uninstalling Java altogether. This will
dramatically shrink the attack surface of your machine, and unless you
use a handful of specific applications, you'll never notice the

Once upon a time, Java, with its mantra of write once, run anywhere, was
the white knight that was going to save the mankind from the predatory
clutches of Microsoft Windows. It never quite worked out that way – at
least on the desktop – but the prospect was enough to “scare the hell” out of Bill Gates (your reporter's byline used to accompany that CNET exclusive but it was removed years ago for reasons that are unknown).

Despite the hype about Java's superior security model, the framework by some accounts has surpassed Adobe applications as the most exploited software package,
with millions of attacks logged each quarter. While the vast majority
of the affected platforms are Windows, attacks, albeit lame ones for
now, are beginning to target Mac OS X
and . And given Steve Jobs' insistence of thinking differently, Apple
doesn't typically release Java security updates until months after they
come out of Oracle.

Even Java attacks against Linux are now being seen.

We won't spend much time complaining about Oracle's legal broadside on the Android operating system, but that's another reason you may want to avoid Java.

So go ahead, give it a try and uninstall Java completely. You can always
reinstall it if you need to, although as we've already said, if you're
like most people, there's little chance you'll need to.