[Coladam] I tried

Frances and/or Richard Clee cleechez at tamcotec.com
Thu Jan 17 06:04:21 CET 2013

The best professional opinion as of this afternoon is that any release 
of Java earlier than Version 7 release 11 is definitely NOT safe, but 
that Oracle may have patched things enough that 7 r 11 is safe today and 
subsequent releases of Java - to come as fast as Oracle can get them out 
-will render it safe again. They seem to think that since Java basically 
creates its own sandbox and runs in there, the exploiters will have a 
near impossible task finding a way to make it break out and do malicious 
damage. Not impossible, just very unlikely.

I have chosen to update Java (it's in the Control Panel, simple to find 
and use) and gamble that Oracle can now issue patches faster than the 
exploiters can find a way around them. And as of tonight, my version of 
Firefox (17; 18 has just been issued) accepted Java without a qualm. 
Firefox claims version 18 offers enough in the way of speed and security 
advantages to make upgrading worthwhile in any case.

Microsoft also sent me the latest Internet Explorer 8 this afternoon (in 
the update package) and it doesn't seem to have any issues with Java either.

And oh yes - the visitors tonight were James, Ron and Luc, who are not 
very often able to join us and so most welcome.

On 1/16/2013 10:53 PM, tempest at tamcotec.com wrote:
> Sorry folks, FF still thinks Java is unsafe and wouldn't let me onto
> chat.  Hopefully I'll have it straightened out by next week!
> Pam
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