Important Information regarding recent reports of Java vulnerability

January 11th, 2013 by Jo-Ann

Some of you may have heard or read in the news this morning about a vulnerability with Java.  PSU uses and supports a few applications that make use of Java to provide needed functionality, specifically Internet Native Banner (INB) and the PSU VPN.  Currently, most faculty/staff systems are not running an impacted version of Java, so the risk is low.  ITS is monitoring the situation closely and will push a new version out as it becomes available.

For personally owned machines, the only foolproof solution available, at this time, is to disable Java in your browser which may impact usability of sites that use of Java. If you choose not to do this, then we would caution you in the meantime to remember safe computing practices; avoid unfamiliar websites, avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and responding to messages from people you do not know, or that look suspicious.


Update – Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:42am:

Last week we alerted you to a vulnerability with Java, a software product that supports several of the applications we use on campus such as Internet Native Banner (INB) and the PSU VPN.  A Security Patch has been released for this product and the steps below are necessary to insure that your computer is updated properly.

PSU-Owned Windows Computers

ITS is in the process of automatically installing the update on all PSU owned Windows (Dell) machines.  You will simply need to restart your computer at lunchtime or at the end of the day in order for the patch to install.

PSU-Owned Mac Computers

If you have a PSU-owned Mac, you will need to open Safari (the update will not work properly in Chrome) and visit the Java.com website.

  1. Click on the red “Free Java Download” button in the center of the page.  The page will automatically re-direct you to the appropriate download page for your operating system.
  2. Click on the Red “Agree and Start Free Download” button in the center of the page and follow the install prompts.
Personal Computers

You may update your personal or home computer, by visiting the Java.com website.

 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Help Desk.

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