Installing Java on a Mac? BE CAREFUL

6 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Java is installing Adware.

But Oracle’s decision to bundle adware in with the Macintosh installation of Java was revealed in a blog posting by Mac administrator Rich Trouton, who is based in Virginia.Rich Trouton, a Mac systems administrator who runs the Der Flounder blog has discovered that a Java installer is installing adware, in the form of the Ask Toolbar. It is nothing new in IT land but it is an indication of how short sighted a company is ifit is prepared to annoy its customers for what amounts to chump change.

In my tests on a Mac running that latest release of OS X, the installer added an app to the current browser, Chrome version 41. (In a separate test, I installed Java using the latest version of Safari, where it behaved in a similar fashion.) Although you can opt not to install the Ask.com toolbar, the installation process is now pointedly designed so that a user who is clicking through will accidentally opt to install the extension on their default browser. Rahul Kashyup, chief security architect, Bromium told Fudzilla that it’ not uncommon for few large brands such as Oracle, Adobe to ‘bundle’ packages along with their software. Due to its dubious nature of installation and capabilities this is regarded as a ‘PUP – Potentially Unwanted Program’, a term used by the cyber security industry to navigate legal notices by the creators of such software.

People need to be vigilant to avoid installing such undesired bundled software.” Fraser Kyne, principal systems engineer, Bromium said that the announcement is good news to those who spend all their time patching Java. All they have to tell their boss is upgrading to the new version of Java places their organisation at risk of malware. “The sad truth is, for many organisations the concept of moving to a recent version of Java is light years away anyway. Adware concerns just add more weight on top of other security concerns, which are then balanced against the very real cost of modifying the application estate,” he said.

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