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Windows users advised to disable Java

A critical vulnerability in Java 7 for Windows can let attackers inject malicious codes via crafted websites on the computer.

A recent security hole in all Java 7 versions or the Java Runtime Environment 1.7x were affected. The so-called zero-day exploit is already in active use. When accessing some websites, attackers can install malicious code which run executable applications on third-party computers.

Experts advise users to disable the Java plugin in their browsers immediately.

The exploit can be utilized with all browsers. Also, the Java plug-in in Google’s Chrome browser is also affected, contrary to initial reports. A patch from Oracle is still pending, a next official update is set for the 16th of October.

Older versions of Java are not affected by the vulnerability, reported Deepend Research. However, experts suggest against downgrading, since Java 6 has still many open vulnerabilities.