Re: Bye-bye Java: impact on technical communications?

Subject: Re: Bye-bye Java: impact on technical communications?
From: Laura Lemay <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>
To: Paul Goble <pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:50:50 -0800


Once again the media is confusing Java itself with the Java plugin for browsers. It is the browser plugins that have the security issues. The CERT advisory noted below tells you to turn off or uninstall the plugins, not Java itself.

The impact to standalone Java applications, or to techcomm would be nil, although I suppose if companies get all panicky because they don't understand the actual technical issues then there could be longer term impact. We'll see.

Laura


On Jan 11, 2013, at 7:31 AM, Paul Goble wrote:

> Millions of users are uninstalling Java this morning.
>
> How are you all being affected by this? Obviously, if you're documenting a
> Java app, the whole product is in trouble. But how many help systems depend
> on Java, even when the application itself is doesn't require Java? Which
> of our development tools require Java?
>
> (If you haven't heard, there's yet another security vulnerability in Java.
> This time, US-CERT recommends immediately disabling Java--see
> http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/625617. Of course, if you have anything
> older than Java 7 Update 10, this means uninstalling Java or doing
> extensive registry editing. Alerts have been issued through the US
> Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Awareness System, national
> news shows this morning are trumpeting that everyone should uninstall Java
> immediately, and I've heard reports that a major antivirus package has
> already started flagging Java as a trojan. That said, let's try to keep
> our discussion focused on the communication aspects of this incident. There
> are better forums than TECHWR-L to discuss the security issues and business
> impacts.)
>
> --
> Paul Goble
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