A developer at Sandia National Laboratories pointed out his systems are isolated from intruders anyway. "I'm not terribly familiar with [Java's recent] security issues, but I tend to develop for ether stand-alone or things that reside on small, unconnected local area networks," says technical staff member Benjamin Lawry.
Vigilance still advisedAlthough developers are not sweating over the security problems (Siko, for example, says his company will increase its use of Java), they nonetheless see the need for users and Oracle to be vigilant." Security is going to be an issue no matter what," says Woodrow. "People are going to have to focus and tighten up a little more anyway. [But] I wouldn't say [security] was an issue specifically for Java."
Siko stresses the importance of bug and security fixes, noting, "Fixing the security issues quickly, that's important, and I'm not sure if [Oracle] has done such a good job there."
The issue of Java security came up during an Oracle press conference at JavaOne on Wednesday, with Oracle officials emphasizing security as a priority. "In general, we've been investing in Java all over the board and security is one of those areas," says Georges Saab, vice president of development for Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) at Oracle.
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