Oracle Agrees to Settle FTC Charges Over Java


     (CN) – Tech giant Oracle has agreed to be straighter with its customers about the security of its software, the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday.
     Under the terms of the agreement, Oracle will not pay a fine and isn’t admitting to any wrongdoing. What it will do is tell consumers if they have an outdated version of Java Se on their computers, and help them remove it.
     The software helps power a wide range of Web activities, but it is also widely reputed to be highly vulnerable to online hacker attacks.
     The Federal Trade Commission claimed that when Oracle bought Java in 2010, it was well-aware the software was unstable and unsecure. It has since issued many fixes for Java problems, but none of these fixes including uninstalling older, more problematic versions of the software.
     Federal regulators said Oracle never told consumers the vulnerable version of Java was still on their computers.
     The settlement requires Oracle do just that and tell them how to address outstanding issues or remove Java from there computers altogether.

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