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Mozilla warns Firefox users to disable Java over zero-day exploit

By Leeky ยท 21 replies
Aug 30, 2012
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  1. Mozilla has warned Firefox users to disable Oracle's Java software framework plugin after researchers discovered that cybercriminals are actively exploiting yet another zero-day vulnerability in the cross-platform software. Atif Mushtaq, a security researcher for FireEye, first discovered...

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  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,362   +276

    How would you know if you are infected?
  3. Java is a resource hog of little use anyway.Leave it disabled.
  4. Spencer Corliss

    Spencer Corliss TS Rookie

    Agreed, How would I know if I'm infected ?
    Artix likes this.
  5. You can also use NoScript in Firefox to block Java.
  6. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,362   +276

    I looked online but other then booting from safe mode and running MBAM its pretty much it.

    Today my PC crashed while viewing a ... well bee... porn site. I assumed that it is a crash from closing nvidia update tasks in the processes tab since my resolution messed up and it feels like I don't have a working display driver.

    My Avira has also been disabled and I am unable to turn it back on. I booted in safe mode, also switched router (get different IP, maybe it helps also switched from old netgear router to the VM superhub) and I am about to reinstall Avira. Will boot again in safe mode after.

    MBAM showed 2-3 malware detections but I doubt either of them could be related to this, but regardless removed them and after run TFC clean. Will do another scan after reinstalled Avira.

    Haven't done a machine scan for two months now, slacking I know. When I get my new machine (saving up) Il deffo use Truecrypt and software which makes an image of earlier version of the OS, so incase some **** goes down I can just flash it to the backup image.

    Anyway, haven't had such weirdly strange issue for some time (when I was a kid, oh god viruses, deleting important Windows Files, haha good times ..... not).
  7. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,362   +276

    Also checking active connections on your machine using netstat -a in CMD can be helpful too, but personally I wouldn't be able to tell what is suspicious heh, unless I analyse all the IPs while running idle.

    Think about this, maybe they are seeing what I am typing! OH SHII1111***!!! :p

    Oh god I am ***** .... :O

    (amazing English skills, come at me!)
  8. Marco B

    Marco B TS Rookie

    They release the patch for it, version 7 update 7 is out.
  9. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 157   +15

    As Marco said they released patch update 7 you can get from "" To test if you can be infected go to ""
  10. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,362   +276

    Updated, my mums Computer is so smooth and it is a damn laptop :p Then again she does not go on porn, well as far as I am aware haha O.o

    Anyway, my GPU has failed, or at least it is not being detected and doubtful it is from a nastie (virus/malware/trojan).

    Three options for me:

    Reassemble GPU
    Reinstall Windows
    Flash BIOS

    (gtx 460 from 09).

    Anyway, il rather keep away from derailing this. Posted this on few forums, sharing is caring right? ;p
  11. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,797   +117

    It would be worth creating a new thread with the problem @Artix as you'll get a better response from the community that way. :)
  12. I only bother enabling java when I need to use it anyway, I only have the flash plugin at the moment and eventually ill remove that too. The web is evolving and the less we have to use plugins the more secure our browsers become.
  13. RajeGera

    RajeGera TS Rookie Posts: 50

    There are so many applications that are java dependent..disabling it wont b an there any oder way around ?
  14. teribithia

    teribithia TS Rookie

    Now Java is not the necessary for our IE now, in the early days many media and active are created by java.
  15. Mohankr.vish

    Mohankr.vish TS Rookie

    That is not possible for hacker ....
    JAVA is important any ways..
  16. Mohankr.vish

    Mohankr.vish TS Rookie

    run a virus scan to confirm your self
  17. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,362   +276

    Assuming it will be detected.
  18. Mohankr.vish

    Mohankr.vish TS Rookie

  19. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Booster Posts: 158   +32

    Disabling JAVA and/or flash player is not a good idea for most people in that you will break the web. MANY, and I mean many, sites rely on 1 or both technologies. I just wish they had rapid updates and not try to install garbage every time you update them.
  20. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 923   +283

    I have had Java disabled for a while and web works fine, JavaScript is used everywhere but Java isn't used anywhere near as much.
  21. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Java - never backwards compatible, always a security issue. Why is it still being used?
  22. WithoutAnyMilk

    WithoutAnyMilk TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +10

    Somebody get this man a cigar!

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