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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    I deploy Java out via SCCM and have an MST file to disable update notifications and hide certain aspects of the Control Panel Applet.
    The major issue is remembering to supersede the previous version (Full Uninstall) before deploying the newer update! If you don't it breaks the installation and you need to clean the registry manually before the new version will install.

    As I said before - If Oracle could create a SCUP catalog it would make life easier!
    id settle for them just testing software so it dosent need patching every other day

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    Good news! Java 8 has been delayed.

    Oracle takes a leaf out of Microsoft’s book, prioritizes Java security Ars Technica

    The release of Java 8, originally due in September this year, has been pushed back. The new version's headline feature—Project Lambda, which brings anonymous functions to Java—isn't yet finished.

    The reason for this delay is, in part, security. Over the past eight months, a large number of critical security flaws have been found and patched. This has damaged Java's reputation, with Apple, for example, reacting by removing the Java plugin from its Safari browser.

    In response, Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, has announced a "renewed focus on security" that will tie up engineering efforts. As a result, Java 8 has now been pushed back until the first quarter of 2014.

    Reinhold explained that Oracle originally planned to release a feature complete beta of Java 8, Milestone 6, back in January. It failed to do so, however, due to the incompleteness of Project Lambda. Removing Project Lambda might have allowed Oracle to meet its original September release date, but this wasn't felt to be an appealing choice, as Project Lambda is the most important feature of the new version. Without it, there'd be little point releasing Java 8 at all.

    The Oracle announcement is reminiscent of Microsoft's push for security that started in the first half of the 2000s. Bitten by multiple security flaws and an increasingly bad security reputation, the company made security a top priority, developing new processes and procedures to ensure that security was baked into product design.

    This eventually culminated in the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2, in 2004. This Service Pack contained a raft of security improvements and some Microsoft insiders claim that it demanded so much development effort that it contributed, in part, to the delays suffered by Windows Vista.

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    Java users beware: Exploit circulating for just-patched critical flaw Ars Technica

    If you haven't installed last week's patch from Oracle that plugs dozens of critical holes in its Java software framework, now would be a good time. As in immediately. As in, really, right now.

    In the past few days, attack code targeting one of the many remote-code-execution vulnerabilities fixed in Java 7 Update 21 was folded into either the folded into the RedKit or CrimeBoss exploit kit. By Sunday, that attack code was being actively unleashed on unsuspecting end users, according to a short blog post published by a researcher from antivirus provider F-Secure.

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