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Flaw in the Sun Java Plugin is elusive and very dangerous

By Rob Scholl ·
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Untrusted Applet?

by Rob Scholl In reply to Flaw in the Sun Java Plug ...

My experience with applets is limited. If this affects only untrusted applets, is there a way to block them and only accept trusted applets?

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I am puzzled

by Ed G In reply to Flaw in the Sun Java Plug ...

The article says there is no "fix" or "workaround" but then says you should upgrade to version JRE 1.4.2_06 and later and SDK or JRE 1.3.1_13 and that JRE 5.0 (i.e. 1.5) is not affected.

How many more solutions do you want?

Was this a serious bug?
Yes, from all reports?

Is there a fix available?
Yes, multiple versions of the JRE are immune to it. Just upgrade... what is the problem with that?

Use Microsoft JVM as a workaround?
Yikes... why would you do that when there are proper solutions that are way better.

Which has had more vulnerabilities Sun's Java or Microsoft's ActiveX?
You do the math...

I fail to see the point of this article.

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sensationalism as usual

by spaz99 In reply to I am puzzled

Scary stories increase readership. But we already knew that.

>Use Microsoft JVM as a workaround?
>Yikes... why would you do that when there are >proper solutions that are way better.

Good point. Hope nobody takes their advice on that one.

I also don't understand why Builder publishes articles with such a wide range of information density. I find Meadhra's series on CSS really informative, but then they have two-page articles with titles like "Take Advantage of Perl's Assignment Operator". In all cases, the authors seem to get paid by the word. Very strange.

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