Sun Updates Fix Multiple Java Flaws
Sun Microsystems issued updates to fix a slew of stability and security problems with its Java software.
According to Sun, my version is vulnerable, as are any versions of JRE 1.4.2_09 and prior. Updates also are available for the same versions of the Sun Java Development Kit (JDK) and JRE versions 1.4.2_09 and prior, and JDK and JRE 1.3.1_16 and earlier.
Sun's response to this apparently confusing situation is: "The ... command only determines the default version. Other versions may also be installed on the system."
Sun's advisory notes that you must uninstall any previous versions of the software, but instead of providing or linking to instructions on how to do that, the advisory says, "Please see the installation notes on the respective java.sun.com download pages."
I couldn't find said removal instructions anywhere on Sun's site. Clicking "remove" from Java's listing in the Add/Remove panel may do the trick, but then again, maybe not.
If you check on your PC and find you have Sun's JDK or JRE 5.0 Update 5 or prior installed, the update for that version is downloadable here.
The alternative, of course, is just to uninstall Java and leave it that way. While Java is used by some applications and interactive Web sites, most Windows users would probably never miss it if the software was removed from their machines.
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