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|Subject: Re: Yet another Java flaw||Date: 10/3/2012 8:14 PM|
|Author: mmrmnhrm||Number: 182050 of 195947|
Then as a web surfer, it's not much different than visiting a deliberately malicious web site. In one case, the Bad Guys really are the web masters. In the other case, lazy web masters have effectively lost control of their web site to the Bad Guys. In either case, to cause me problems the Bad Guys have to take advantage of some weakness in my web browser. So I'm depending on some combination of my web browser, an anti-malware program, and my wits to defend me against the Bad Guys.
Exactly :) The trouble is that browsers (or more often, their plug-ins) are security disasters.
That would be a bit different from Java (where this all started). To defend against attacks coming through Java, I still can use an anti-malware program and my wits, but my web browser no longer is any help nor is it the source of the vulnerability. But I can completely eliminate the threat by simply refusing to install Java and accepting the loss of functionality Java provided.
Java has its place, but like any tool used inappropriately, Bad Things(tm) usually follow when that happens.
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