Oracle Releases Updated Version of Java to Address Latest Security Vulnerabilities

Friday, April 19, 2013

Oracle has released a new version of Java (version 7, update 21) to correct a number of security vulnerabilities announced earlier this week affecting Java running in Web browsers on desktop computers. CSSD recommends that most Java users immediately download and install the new version of Java at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html.

Important Note for Data Warehouse Users: Do not install the update if you use Oracle Discoverer to access the University Data Warehouse. The latest version of Java is not compatible with Discoverer. Please continue using the version of Java recommended on the Data Warehouse community at My Pitt (my.pitt.edu).

To determine what version of Java you are using on a Windows computer, open the Control Panel, double click the Java icon, and click the About button. On a Mac, click the Java icon located under System Preferences. The Java Control Panel will open and display the version number.

CSSD also recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. Symantec EndPoint Protection is available at no cost to students, faculty, staff, and departments from CSSD Software Distribution Services, 204 Bellefield Hall, and from the Software Download Service.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.


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