Oracle says a patch has been released to correct Java flaw

8:00 AM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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Oracle Corp. says a patch is now available to fix a flaw in its Java software that caught the attention of the Department of Homeland Security.

The glitch is only in the JDK7 version of the software and the company says it "does not affect Java applications directly installed and running on servers, desktops, laptops and other devices."

On late Thursday, the DHS had advised people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.

Computer security experts believed hackers had found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other high-tech mischief.

Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs that can run on just about any computer's operating system.

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