Time to Update Java
Sun Microsystems has shipped an update to its widely deployed Java platform that fixes multiple security flaws present in older versions.
The latest Java software, Java Version 6 Update 13, is available from this link here. Not sure what version of Java you have? Check out this page, and click the "Do I Have Java?" link. Users of more recent Java versions may already have received a prompt from the built-in auto-update client to grab this version.
After updating, you may find older versions of Java still present in the Windows "Add/Remove Programs" listing. If you spot any older versions, go ahead and remove those.
Be advised that Sun's installer may by default install some browser add-on, such as Microsoft's MSN Toolbar (this is the plug-in the Update 13 installer offered me when I ran it on a Windows 7 Beta machine using IE 8). If you want the Java update but not the add-ons that come with it, be sure to uncheck the box next to this option during the installation process.
April 7, 2009; 7:10 PM ET
Categories: New Patches , Safety Tips | Tags: java, patch, sun microsystems
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