Another little joy has entered onto the Internet, which is great at heart, but if allowed to be manipulated in a devious manner, unknowingly, can cause your computer and Data great harm. In the case of selected files, Total Theft. I just want you to be aware.
BMW RULES...FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT Page #4
For on the Tenth day, The Internet was created. And It was gazed opoun and studied and found to be good. The Browser was said to be free of intervention, save maybe the evil spammer or the abomination known as the Virus, but the browser in general was found to be good and helpful, a vital link to the Internet.
Then, the darkside of the Internet community arrived and Inspected Java and found that it was good as they had heard and better....
For it left a door way right onto the womb of your computer and it was deemed by the darkside that this was good. Very good indeed, for thy computer could then be "Hacked",explored, prodded, manipulated in ways that you had ever intended.
certainly a good choice when dealing with a Java Mode.
Here are some Links to pages that offer information on Java Security issuses so you can make up your own mind.
Here is some more wood to throw on the JAVA Fire.
Thursday, August 28, 1997
Netscape's Barksdale sings praises of 100% Java
By Jim Kerstetter
NEW YORK - Netscape Communications Corp.
CEO Jim Barksdale painted his vision of an Internet future here today, filling it with post-Baby Boomers who treat the Internet with the familiarity of water while using Java-based Navigator browsers.
Barksdale, speaking on the final day of the Java Internet Business Expo at the Jacob Javits Center, expounded on the virtues of 100% Java and the exponential growth of the Internet while taking jabs at Microsoft Corp. and what he sees as its creation of software "solutions where there is no problem."
"I've got an idea," Barksdale told his keynote audience. "Let's upgrade all of our desktop operating systems. Just for the hell of it. We've read in the paper that it's very fashionable - with no return on investment."
Instead, companies should be focusing on getting a realistic payback, and the Internet and Java will play a key role in making that a reality, he said. To support that goal, Netscape will release an all-Java Navigator browser in the first quarter of next year and embark on an ambitious project to distribute 100 million Navigator browsers to end users, mostly through Internet service provider channels.
Java's cross-platform abilities are critical to the continued growth of business Internet use, Barksdale said. It will be difficult for businesses to work with each other in an "extranet" environment if their systems are incompatible, he said. He said Microsoft, though it is downplaying the need for 100% Pure Java programming, will eventually smell the coffee. "My prediction," Barksdale said, "is that Microsoft can't afford to ignore 100% Java."
Barksdale ticked off several recent coups for his Mountain View, Calif., company, including the installation of more than 2 million seats of Netscape E-mail, Java and Java scripts in corporations over the last six months.
In a later session with reporters, Barksdale touched on several other issues:
* On Microsoft's downplaying of Java: "If you are strong enough to keep [users] in the cave, more power to you," he said. "But I don't think they are strong enough."
* On corporate migration to Microsoft's eventual release of Windows 98: "What is the definable business reason to do this? To get a browser? I don't think so," he said. "There is no secret sauce that Microsoft can pull in that magically moves people over to their product."
* On computer telephony: Barksdale said it has a strong future, but "I don't think it's ready for prime time yet."
Then the other day (Sept. 1997) I came across this page on the Internet:
New Security Hole in Java
This Portion of Fight the GOOD Fight Page 4 is created and copyrighted by Jim Buzbee.
This is to announce the discovery of a security hole in the current implementation of Java. I do not believe that this attack has been reported previously.
In most Java implementations, security policy forbids applets from reading the local directory structure.
I have discovered that it is possible for an applet, using only
Java, to determine if specified files exist on the file system of the client machine. The applet I have
prototyped cannot read or write to the file, but it can detect its
presence. My applet is then free to surreptitiously Email the result of the file search to any machine
on the Internet, for example MarketResearch@microsoft.com.
Personally, I keep my JAVA turned off. There are plenty of JAVA Files in my software that came with what I puchased to allow someone access to my system undected, I believe. I could be wrong, but on the Internet, I believe strongly in playing it safe. I love my system and computer and have put way too many hours into my files for some goof ball to come along and totally thrash it.
I am still using Netscape Gold and Netscape Communicator. With both of those I'm missing out an a lot of neat stuff on the Internet. But until someone can show me that JAVA,
100% or not, is going to be safe at all times from all sources, I shall remain in my boring JAVA free shell.
I shall also be free of one less thing to worry about in this Wild, Wild hairy thing called the Internet.
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March 19, 1999