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Next week’s Java security update may be incompatible with XP

Posted by on July 3, 2014.

java smallThe next Java update is due to be released next week. There is growing concern that it will be incompatible with XP. Danish security firm Heimdal commented today,

Users will be able to upgrade, but after the upgrade the applet won’t be able to load on Microsoft’s ageing Windows XP platform. So far installation has been possible and useable, but not officially supported since 8th of April.

Morten Kjaersgaard

Morten Kjaersgaard

Heimdal has tried several times to confirm the information from Oracle, who is yet to comment on the problem.

This will be a major problem for anyone still using XP with Java. “If we look at CVE reports, Java exploits have exploded over last couple of years and there were more vulnerabilities in Java in 2013, than in the entire Windows XP operating system. Java had 131 detected CVEs and Windows XP had 88 This is a huge security problem”, warns Morten Kjaersgaard , CEO of Heimdal Security.

The obvious solution is to upgrade from XP. If that’s not possible — stop using Java. If you can do neither, prepare to get screwed.

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