About a dozen of the bugs were serious enough to allow attackers to take remote control of a compromised system, researchers said.
Java is one of the most popular targets for cyber-thieves and malware writers seeking to hijack home computers. In its advisory about the update,
Programming language Java has proved popular because software written with it can easily be made to run on many different types of computer.
Twelve of the holes in Java addressed by the update topped the table that ranked the severity of security weaknesses in software, wrote
If these bugs were exploited, attackers could bypass ID controls and take over a target system, he added. He said those seeking to exploit Java would probably seed web pages with booby-trapped links in a bid to catch vulnerable machines.
Security glitches in Java are favourites among those that write and run so-called “exploit kits” that seek to compromise vulnerable websites and other systems.
The update is available via the main Java website and has prompted follow-up action from other electronics firms. Apple has released an update to the version of Java that runs on its computers. This update points people towards the official version of Java from
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