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[Link] Java security improvements not a panacea for Oracle

Post icon  Posted 01 June 2013 - 04:14 PM


Oracle's plans to bolster Java security were welcomed by security experts who nevertheless wanted to see more done to lockdown one of hackers' favorite targets.

The Java steward released on Thursday its priorities for the application platform. The changes on tap included automated checking of the validity of signed certificates, stopping unsigned applets from being executed by default and adding centralized management options. The latter included whitelisting of applets in enterprise environments.

"No one step Oracle is taking stands out as a silver bullet that will cure Java security issues," said Paul Henry, a security and forensic analyst with Lumension. "That being said, each with one exception is a step in the right direction."


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