It's time to rewrite Java from scratch, security expert says

Recurring security flaws result in a succession of threats and patches, and it may be too late to fix the existing code

By John P. Mello Jr., PC World |  Security, java, Oracle

Botezatu acknowledges, however, that isn't likely to happen. "Oracle isn't open to making major changes because they could break applications already in the market," he added.

The problem Oracle faces with Java development is one faced by all software makers: How to improve a program without destroying its compatibility with previous versions.

"Look at Windows Vista and how it failed to become adopted because some customers' applications didn't work from XP to Vista," Botezatu explained.

Nevertheless, some signs indicate Oracle is trying to address some of the issues raised by Botezatu. On Friday, the company announced that, starting with the release of Java 8 in September, new releases will be rolled out on a two-year schedule.

As for the current security concerns, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends shutting off Java in your browser, which can be done by following these instructions from Oracle.

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