15:48 CET, 2nd December 2011 By Secunia.
The Computerworld article ‘Hackers launch millions of Java exploits, says Microsoft’ by Gregg Keizer states that there have been many instances where installed Java software has remained unpatched for month or even years.
To patch a program implies that you know that the program is installed. For some programs this is easy, for others it gets trickier. Especially if several versions of the same program are found – this makes it even more difficult to identify and patch them all.
On average 50% of users have more than 66 programs from more than 22 different vendors installed on their PCs, thus highlighting the complexity of identifying and patching the typical software portfolio.
This is where the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) – free for private use – can help.
The Secunia PSI is like a ‘one-stop-shop’ that identifies all programs and highlights the ones that are missing security patches. Importantly, it identifies all versions of a program installed. This is particularly helpful with Java, as the average user tends to have more than two Java versions installed. Most likely, one of these will be forgotten in the patching process
The Secunia PSI therefore makes it easy to automatically or even silently patch the programs. It can be downloaded for free, here.
To read the Computerworld article in full, click here.