Java flaws increasingly targeted by attackers, researchers say

By | July 25, 2012

Source: Computerworld

by Lucian Constantin

In this article “Java vulnerabilities are increasingly exploited by attackers to infect computers, and the problem could become worse if Oracle doesn’t do more to secure the product and keep its installation base up to date, according to security researchers who will talk about Java-based attacks at the Black Hat USA 2012 security conference.

A large number of computers get infected today through drive-by-download attacks performed with the help of Web exploit toolkits — malicious Web applications designed to exploit vulnerabilities in widespread browser plug-ins like Flash Player, Adobe Reader or Java.

Java was acquired by Oracle as part of its 2010 acquisition of Sun Microsystems.”

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