The spotlight was turned on the problem in January when a previously unknown flaw actively exploited by cybercriminals prompted the Department of Homeland Security to advise consumers to disable Java on their PCs. The DHS warning was the same advocated by security experts for quite awhile.
While the security problems mostly involved the Java browser plug-in, the extensive publicity raised concern among Oracle's corporate customers. As a result, Oracle has started to show progress in handling Java security, experts say.
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