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

Subject: RE: Bye-bye Java: impact on technical communications?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: Dossy Shiobara <dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:02:19 -0800

Dossy Shiobara wrote:

> On 1/11/13 11:16 AM, Combs, Richard wrote:
> > The CERT VN you linked to says the vulnerability can be exploited by
> "convincing a user to visit a specially crafted HTML document." So be
> careful. Disable the browser plugin to be extra careful. Then move on.
> :-)
>
> I absolutely *hate* scare tactics, but in this case, it may be
> justified.
>
> I may be totally making this up (I'm not), but, servers of web ads for
> some ad networks may have been compromised, and along with the ads they
> are serving, may be some malicious payload. And, these may be ad
> networks that are used by legitimate websites, totally unaware of
> what's
> going on. Even if you use ad-blocking, you may still be at risk.

Well, yes. But the critical component is "convincing the user to visit." I can't remember the last time I clicked on an ad.

Risk isn't binary. And you can't avoid all risk. If you have a computer and it's connected to the Internet, you're at risk to some degree.

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
303-903-6372
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Bye-bye Java: impact on technical communications?: From: Paul Goble
RE: Bye-bye Java: impact on technical communications?: From: Combs, Richard
Re: Bye-bye Java: impact on technical communications?: From: Dossy Shiobara

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