Oracle, please stop sneakily foisting third-party toolbars on us with your Java updates

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If you’re installing a critical security update on your computer, caused by the software vendor’s sloppy code quality, you probably wouldn’t dream that your software vendor is trying to make some money out of the inconvenience.

And yet that’s exactly what Oracle seems to be up to with its (sadly necessarily frequent) security updates for Java.

As Ed Bott explains in this excellent article, when the world was rushing to install an essential Java security update last week, the software vendor attempted to install a third-party toolbar and change your browser’s search engine…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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