Individuals Encouraged to Disable Java Software
Hackers have found a flaw in Java 7 coding that could potentially allow malicious software to be installed on computers, thus increasing the chance of identity theft or the disabling of entire networks.
Beginning immediately, Java should be disabled and/or uninstalled from any system where it is not necessary to complete official university business. If Java cannot be disabled and/or uninstalled, University Technology Services (UTS) IT Security Office recommends installing the latest version of Java, which contains a patch to help reduce the risk of hacking. NOTE: It is still unclear if the latest version of Java fixes the latest critical security issues. As a result, disabling or uninstalling Java is preferred to updating.
All students, as well as faculty and staff members who do not have a Desktop SLA with University Technology Services (UTS), should follow these directions on how to disable Java: http://www.java.com/en/download/help/disable_browser.xml
UTS will automatically patch computers supported by a Desktop SLA. No action is required for individuals who fall under this category.
If you use more than one browser, it is possible to set-up configurations so Java is only enabled on one. The browser that has Java enabled should only be used when necessary. Instructions can be found here: http://superuser.com/questions/45911/java-different-versions-for-ie-firefox.
If individuals are unable to perform any of the above recommendations, web browsing should only be related to official university work until the newly released patch in installed. By limiting the amount of web browsing, the risk of vulnerability can be significantly reduced.
Java is used on millions of Windows, Mac, and Linux machines in addition to mobile devices around the world to access interactive content or web applications and services.
If you are not sure if you have Java already installed on your computer, visit the Java website. Be sure to only check if you have Java installed; do not actually install it. The Java website can be found at: http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp.
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If you have any questions, please contact the UTS Service Desk at (803) 777-1800, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.