Unpatched Java vulnerability exploited in Blackhole-based attacks

Attacks exploiting a new Java vulnerability have become widespread, Kaspersky researchers say

By Lucian Constantin, IDG News Service |  Security, java, Kaspersky

This means that there might be, for example, more computers on the Internet that run outdated installations of Java 6 that are vulnerable to older Blackhole exploits, than computers running Java 7.

Most security researchers advised users to uninstall or disable the Java Web plug-in from their browsers. However, other options are also available to users who can't afford to do this because they use Java-based applications on a regular basis.

"Oracle needs to step it up and deliver an OOB [out-of-band] patch, which historically they have failed to do," Baumgartner said in the blog post. "Maybe this event will provide even more pressure to step up their security update delivery process."

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