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To Stop BEAST, Mozilla Developer Proposes Blocking Java Framework 309

rastos1 writes with this news from The Register: "In a demonstration last Friday, it took less than two minutes for researchers Thai Duong and Juliano Rizzo to wield the exploit to recover an encrypted authentication cookie used to access a PayPal user account. ... The researchers settled on a Java applet as their means to bypass SOP, leading Firefox developers to discuss blocking the framework in a future version of the browser. ... 'I recommend that we blocklist all versions of the Java Plugin,' Firefox developer Brian Smith wrote on Tuesday in a discussion on Mozilla's online bug forum. 'My understanding is that Oracle may or may not be aware of the details of the same-origin exploit. As of now, we have no ETA for a fix for the Java plugin.'"
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To Stop BEAST, Mozilla Developer Proposes Blocking Java Framework

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  • warning? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 29, 2011 @09:33AM (#37552916)

    How about a simple warning before loading a Java Applet? For example, one of those yellow bars at the top of the page? That would prevent all legitimate applets from being instantly unusable in Firefox, whilst providing some security.

  • Mozilla Craziness (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 29, 2011 @09:59AM (#37553222)

    What is with all of the over-the-top craziness coming out of Mozilla recently? Oracle needs to address the bug, but maybe Firefox could handle it in a more graceful manner than disabling the plugin entirely.

    Mozilla, you used to be one of the darlings of open source, now you're turning into a crazy cat lady.

    - remove version numbers.
    - rapid release schedule breaks add-ons.
    - gave the middle finger to enterprise users.
    - removed the URL bar.

  • Umm... Flash? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tridus ( 79566 ) on Thursday September 29, 2011 @10:02AM (#37553288) Homepage

    So they want to block Java over what is a difficult to execute attack that has some serious requirements to even use... but they continue to allow Flash with it's critical flaw of the week that's being actively exploited?

    Is this a joke? Flash is the single largest attack vector on the entire fucking Internet.

  • by kangsterizer ( 1698322 ) on Thursday September 29, 2011 @10:14AM (#37553452)

    Quoting decoder from the security team:

    "It should be "click to play" by default, which means you have to click on the applet for it to be activated and loaded. "Disabled" might have been the wrong term here, but until you click the applet, nothing can happen."

    That's what Chrome does also. Then again in theory, flash should also be click to play. Except flash is used everywhere and its going to piss people off, so its not click to play, either in Chrome. In fact, all plugins should be click to play with a white list of auto play sites that the user can configure. Yeah, Noscript.

    Still, I'd prefer default click to play in java.

  • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Thursday September 29, 2011 @11:32AM (#37554496) Journal

    1999 called and wants their anti-Java rant back.

  • by radish ( 98371 ) on Thursday September 29, 2011 @01:20PM (#37556002) Homepage

    I work professionally with a mixture of IntelliJ, Eclipse and Visual Studio on a decent spec machine. One of those three performs more slowly and chews up more resources than the other two. I'll give you a hint - it's the one which isn't written in Java.

    Not only is Eclipse slightly more than a "text editor" it also performs significantly better than a less-featured IDE written in a supposedly faster language. The "Java is slow" BS has to stop, it hasn't been true for close to a decade now.

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