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Java 7 Bypass Vulnerability Alert

January 15th, 2013 Comments off

An article (link) released January 10, 2013 by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT.gov) states a known vulnerability in Java version 7.  The overview from the mentioned article is as follows:

“A vulnerability in the way Java 7 restricts the permissions of Java applets could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a vulnerable system.”

What this means is that [essentially] all versions of Java prior to Java 7.11 (build 1.7.0_11-b21) are vulnerable to attackers ignoring security restrictions and executing potentially malicious code on your computer. These attacks on you and your computer could be “crimes from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc computer network that can be used to attack websites” reports Reuters.com. US-CERT also describes the most likely effected users for the vulnerability:

“Any web browser using the Java 7 plug-in is affected. The Java Deployment Toolkit plug-in and Java Web Start can also be used as attack vectors.”

 

How do I fix this and/or update my computer’s Java version?

The previously mentioned article from US-CERT includes a section on a Solution which initially directs users to download the weekend’s fix/update from Oracle which release notes can be found here and the actual download link can be found on this page. The US-CERT article also provides brief instructions on disabling Java in your browser for those who don’t use Java and won’t notice it being disabled.

Google Apps on your iPad

October 12th, 2012 No comments

When you’re accessing your Google Calendar on your iPad or other iOS device, you basically have three main options.  Each has pros & cons.

1. Use the Mail & Calendar apps that comes from Apple

This requires you to turn on Mail or Calendar syncing under Settings…Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.  You then use the native iOS apps that come preinstalled.  The con to this is that your interface will be completely different from other Google Apps web-based experiences.  One major plus, however, is that you can access email and calendar information when you are away from a WiFi connection or Cellular Data.  Also, users have noticed that calendar changes can take around 15 minutes or so to be reflected on the web.

2. Use Safari or other browser and view the mobile version of your calendar/email

Google detects that you are on a mobile device and presents a streamlined version of your email or calendar.  Some features are removed or are limited to make the mobile experience easier.  To go this route, typically you just log in to your web-based Google Apps just like you would on a desktop computer, however your browser is detected to be mobile and you are redirected to the mobile site.  The mobile site uses less data (WiFi or Cellular) and therefore should be fairly fast.  However, you can not access this version unless you have a data connection of some kind.

3. Use  Safari or other browser and view the desktop version of your calendar/email

In the mobile version of Google Apps email and calendars, you should see a link that says “Desktop” at the bottom of the page.  Switching to this view should present a version of your email or calendar that looks very similar to the version on your desktop.  However, since mobile browsers are limited, some features may not appear or work correctly.  However, it’s nice to have the option!

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