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Google and Oracle both set to appeal verdicts in Java patent suit

October 5th, 2012

Google (GOOG) and Oracle (ORCL) have both filed paperwork to appeal the court’s ruling from the high-profile legal trial that took place between the two companies earlier this year. Google is appealing the jury’s findings that its Android operating system infringed Oracle’s copyrights concerning the Java programing language, while Oracle plans to appeal the findings that …

Another Java exploit discovered, 1 billion PC and Mac users potentially at risk

September 26th, 2012

Security firm Security Explorations released information pertaining to a new Java exploit on Tuesday that affects all of the currently supported versions of the software on all platforms, including Java 5, Java 6 and Java 7. The zero-day vulnerability is considered critical and approximately 1 billion PC and Mac computers could be at risk. Adam …

Oracle’s emergency Java patch opens the door to more vulnerabilities

September 4th, 2012

After an exploit in the latest Java 7 framework was discovered, Oracle (ORCL) responded with an emergency patch to fix the problem. The company’s quickness, however, may have opened the door to more vulnerabilities in the Java software. While the patch fixed the original exploit, it introduced a new vulnerability that allows an attacker to bypass the …

New Java 7 exploit can be used to compromise Windows, Mac OS X or Linux computers

August 28th, 2012

A vulnerability in the latest Java 7 runtime has been discovered that can be exploited and used for malicious attacks, Computer World reported. While all the reported exploits thus far have targeted Windows PCs, according to Errata Security CTO David Maynor, both Mac and Linux computers are just as vulnerable to attacks. “This exploit works on OS X …

Jury says Google infringed on Oracle's copyrights

May 7th, 2012

A San Francisco jury on Monday determined that Google’s Android operating system infringes on Oracle’s copyrights concerning its Java programing language, Reuters reported. After days of deliberation, however, the jury could not decide whether Google had the right to fair use of the copyrighted material, an argument Oracle is now attempting to have thrown out. …

New Flashback variant continues Java attack on Macs

April 25th, 2012

Security firm Intego on Monday announced that it had discovered a new variant of the Flashback malware called Flashback.S that continues to use a Java vulnerability Apple has already patched. This variant requires no password to install, and it places its files into the user’s home folder in “~/Library/LaunchAgents/com. java.update.plist” and “~/.jupdate.” Once Fashback.S is …

Second Mac trojan discovered, also exploits Java vulnerability

April 16th, 2012

The “Flashback” trojan virus affecting at least 600,000 Macs was discovered last week that is capable of intercepting passwords and other private data. The discovery prompted Apple to release a Java update for OS X users that removed a number of common variants of the virus. Securelist on Saturday found another Mac trojan that is also …

Android to overtake iOS and become the top mobile platform for developers

January 23rd, 2012

Over the next 12 months, Google’s Android operating system will become the favorite platform among mobile developers, according to research firm Ovum. Nearly all developers, however, will support both mobile platforms. While Apple’s iOS and Android have long been the favorites, Ovum said there is growing developer interest in both Windows Phone and BlackBerry operating systems. …