October 04, 2012, 6:10 AM — Java's recent security woes are not scaring off developers, who don't see Java as any more vulnerable than any other platform. "There's nothing fundamentally wrong with Java," says Gonzalo Diethelm, in charge of architecture and development at the Chilean central security depository, DCV.
He is not planning to abandon Java in response to security concerns. Such suggestions are "just creating bluster," concurs Shaun Woodrow, director at the Corporate Action Company business software firm. Other developers at the JavaOne technical conference in San Francisco this week also remain confident in Java, which has had several security problems discovered lately, including the Flashback Trojan that affected more than 600,000 Macs and a weakness found in the platform's sandbox security mechanism.
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Not all security issues applicableSome developers noted that Java applet security has been a particular problem but these issues weren't applicable at many user sites. For example, the recent sandbox security problem was an applet issue, but most Java deployments are server side these days, says Richard Warburton, a Java developer with jClarity, an application performance monitoring startup. "[The sandbox issue] isn't actually something that affects most people." A lot of corporate environments already have disabled applet capabilities in the browser, he says.
Par Siko, a developer at the Jayway consulting firm, adds, "Java is really big on the server side, and I don't think security's a big issue on the server side."
At Barclays Bank, security testing is done to make sure systems are safe. "We have constant penetration testing and security testing. We bring in third-party companies to perform that for us," says Gareth Nolan, a technical architect at Barclays.