Educational Technology

February 1, 2013

A close look at how Oracle installs deceptive software with Java updates

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Ed Bott, The Ed Bott Report

Congratulations, Oracle. Oracle’s Java plugin for browsers is a notoriously insecure product. Over the past 18 months, the company has released 11 updates, six of them containing critical security fixes. With each update, Java actively tries to install unwanted software. Here’s what it does, and why it has to stop. Java is the new king of foistware, displacing Adobe and Skype from the top of the heap. And it earned that place with a combination of software update practices that are among the most user-hostile and cynical in the industry.

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