Feeds

Java tops for hackers, warns Microsoft

Apply patches to known holes

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Patch up warmly this winter if you’re running Java. That’s the advice from .NET shop Microsoft, which reckons Oracle’s platform is the single biggest target for hackers.

Java proved the single most popular target in the 12-month period to the end of June, according to Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report has found here (warning PDF).

Microsoft blogged about the findings here.

And hackers were targeting vulnerabilities that are not only several years old but are known about and have been patched by Java’s owner, Oracle.

The number-one exploit was CVE-2010-0840, affecting the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), disclosed in March 2010 and addressed with an Oracle update the same month.

Hacks on this hole surged tenfold in the first quarter of 2011 up from “a low level” in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The advice of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing director Tim Rains was simple: “If you haven’t updated Java in your environment recently, you should evaluate the current risks. Note: you might have multiple different versions of Java in use in your environment and should evaluate with this in mind."

He continued: “Keep all software in your environment up to date, not just Windows; assume attackers are targeting vulnerabilities in all prevalent software.

The JRE contained some of the most common exploits, he said. Vulnerabilities in the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and Java Development Kit (JDK) for Java SE were also popular targets.

Between a third to a half of all exploits detected by Microsoft’s anti-malware were Java exploits – in every quarter in the year between Q3 2010 and Q2 this year. "Attackers have been aggressively targeting vulnerabilities in Java because it is so ubiquitous," Rains said. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'
Plus: 'Google's IDEALISM is an injudicious justification for inappropriate biz practices'
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.