The latest round of patches for Java comes far too late to rescue its damaged reputation as a desktop presence

If Java on the desktop isn't dead yet, its latest security update should go a long way toward convincing people it should be.

How urgent is this new security update? Urgent enough that Oracle included patches for Java in its October 2013 Critical Patch Update (CPU -- what an acronym), as part of the company's efforts to get security fixes for Java out the door quarterly rather than three times a year.

Of the 127 fixes in this update, slightly fewer than half -- 50 -- were fixes for remote-exploit issues in Java. And 12 of those were exploits that could have granted an attacker complete control of the OS. Ouch...



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