Security researcher Security Explorations has recently unveiled a bug that could allow hackers to hi-jack your computer system and install malware. The bug is found in versions of Java 5, 6, and 7 on both PC AND Mac systems. If your Mac OS is Snow Leopard, meaning that Apple bundled Java in with the OS, then you are at risk. If you are running a later Mac OS and don’t have Java installed then no need to worry about this certain bug.
Adam Gowdiak, founder and CEO of Security Explorations, says that over one billion computer systems are vulnerable. However Gowdiak says that they are “not aware of any active attacks that would exploit this vulnerability”. Oracle also stated that they are going to fix the bug in a future update in which they did not specify a release date.
Despite not being aware of any “active attacks”, one would hope that Oracle would be trying to fix this vulnerability as soon as possible. Yes? The more time you wait to release a fix, the more time the hacker has to find the bug and manipulate it. Oracle, you shouldn’t be so relaxed about this situation, in my opinion anyways.