Updates for Adobe's Shockwave, Sun's Java
Sun Microsystems has issued an update to its Java software that fixes at least one security vulnerability. Separately, Adobe is pushing out a patch to plug four security holes in its Shockwave Player.
The Sun patch brings Java 6 to version 17. If you're not sure whether you have Java or what version you may be running, visit this page and click the "Do I have Java?" link. If you don't have Java, you probably don't need it. If you do have it, make sure you've got this latest version. To update from within Java, open the Windows control panel, click the Java icon, then at the tab marked Update hit the Update Now button (in Windows 7, to get to Java click start, type "Java" in the search box and pick the first result).
To see whether your system has Adobe's Shockwave Player, follow this link: If you see an empty box at the top that says "Click here to download plugin," then you do not have Shockwave installed. For those folks who don't already have it, I say don't download it. If you don't need it, why bother with another program that requires constant updating? Readers who do have Shockwave should update to the latest version, which is 126.96.36.1992, and available here. Updates are available for Windows and Mac versions of Shockwave.
In other patch news, Microsoft today said it plans next Tuesday to issue six patches to address at least 15 security vulnerabilities in its different Windows versions and Office software (Windows 7 was noticeably absent from the list of operating systems that will get patches this month).
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November 5, 2009; 10:54 PM ET
Categories: New Patches , Safety Tips | Tags: adobe shockwave, java, sun
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