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Oracle issues OoC emergency Java patch for Windows

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February 8, 2016

Oracle said earlier this morning it has issued an out-of-cycle (OoC) emergency security patch to plug specific Java apps during their installation on Windows platforms.

The update patches were not scheduled, Oracle said. Dubbed CVE-2016-0603, that Java bug is rather complex in that an attacker would have to trick a user into visiting a compromised website before installing Java 6, 7 or 8.

But a successful attack also results in a complete compromise of the target, Oracle warns. Getting an attack to work would be very difficult, unless the hacker had also persuaded a suitably inept end user that they'd clicked on an authoritative Java release even though they were nowhere near the Java site.

For once, people with an existing clean install of Java (an installation that hasn't been compromised by anything else) don't have to worry.

“But Java users who have downloaded any old version of Java prior to 6u113, 7u97 or 8u73 should discard those old downloads and replace them with 6u113, 7u97 or 8u73 or later”, Oracle security technician Eric Maurice writes.

Oracle has provided no more public information on the nature of that Java bug, at least for now.

It's been a busy year already for the company, with a record-breaking 248 patches dropped just last week. And you can expect even more in the coming weeks.

Source: Oracle.

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