Updating Java and Acrobat reader ....
shott at stanford.edu
Fri Apr 16 08:15:11 PDT 2010
SNF Lab Members:
The folks that distribute malware have apparently begun to exploit both
Java run from within a browser and Adobe Acrobat Reader to download
unwanted software onto your machines. While this does not affect Remote
Coral in any way, if you do not have the latest versions of Java and
Acrobat Reader installed on your desktop machines and laptops, you could
be at risk when visiting other web sites or opening PDF documents.
On Windows machines, if you open up your control panel, you should have
an icon for Java. If you open that, it will have a tab named Update and
on that panel is a button named "Update Now" which will download and
install the latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_20. Note: this may
also offer to install either a Yahoo menu bar and a backup product named
Carbonite .... and, I think, pre-checks those check boxes. If you don't
want to install these things, make sure that you look at and read each
page rather than blindly clicking "Next".
In Adobe Reader, if you get a pop up window labeled "Launch File" that
claims that it wants to launch an application from a PDF document, be
careful. This may be a bad guy trying to download something undesirable
onto your machine.
More details about these threats are at:
Note: for Mac users, I don't know whether Apple has released a version
of their JRE to thwart these threats.
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