Updating Java on your computers ....
shott at stanford.edu
Thu Aug 30 14:58:08 PDT 2012
SNF Lab Members:
As you may know, there has been a lot of press in the last week about a
"zero-day" exploit in Java that affects all computer platforms and all
browsers that run on those platforms. It was believed that this
affected only Java 7 and not Java 6. A number of you likely have Java 7
on your machines. Earlier today, Oracle has released an updated version
of both Java 7 (specifically Java 7 update 7) and Java 6 (Java 6 update
36) to address these issues.
If you run Remote Coral on a computer, you have either Java 6 or Java 7
on your machine and should update those versions as soon as possible to
reduce the likelihood that you machines will become infected or injected
with various forms of malware.
For those of you running Windows XP or Windows 7, the easiest way to
upgrade your machine is to open the Java Control Panel . This is
normally an icon on the main page that contains other control panels.
That will usually be found on either XP or Windows 7 machines in:
Windows XP Click Start > Settings > Control Panel
Windows 7, Windows Vista Click Start > Control Panel > Programs
Double click that Java icon which should open the Java Control Panel.
There you should see the Update tab.
Select that and click the "Update Now" button. That should download and
install the latest version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) onto
After that is done, you may want to open the Java Control Panel again,
but this time select the Java tab. On that page you will see a "View
..." button. Clicking that will show you the version (or versions) of
Java that are currently installed on your machine. After the upgrade
you should under Platform either 1.7 (Java 7) or 1.6 (Java 6) and under
product it should list either 1.7.0_07 for the latest version of Java 7
or 1.6.0_35 for the latest version of Java 6.
Note: if you run Stanford administrative application, you may also see
Java 1.6.0_21 because a number of Stanford-specific applications will
ONLY run on that version of Java.
In any event, I encourage you to make these upgrades as soon as possible
to minimize the chances that undesirable code may get injected onto your
Note: while I am less familiar with Mac OS-X, if you are running Java 7
on a Mac, there is also an upgrade for Java 7 for the Mac available from
http://java.oracle.com. Java 6 for Mac OS-X has been controlled and
distributed by Applie and I don't know if they have an updated version.
Hopefully, this will reduce the risk for anyone running Java on their
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