Security flaw in Java 7 allows massive security breach
A massive security vulnerability has the Department of Homeland Security asking people to uninstall Java from their computers.
The flaw in Java 7, "can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system," according to a warning posted Thursday by the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Applications that normally use Java include Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, or Windows Desktop Search. DHS said it is "currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem."
Java was developed by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle bought in 2010. There's no indication when a security patch might be available.