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lamaslany Secure Browsing: JRE 32-bit and 64-bit
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After upgrading Secunia PSI to it warned me that there was a problem with my browser security. To my suprise however it listed IE8 (admittedly 64-bit) as being the most secure!

It seems that the problem was my installation of Sun Java. I run JRE 1.5.x as a dependancy for a couple of apps but I had JRE 1.6.x as my default system-wide JRE - which I assumed was being used by my browsers.

Unfortunately I had not paid enough attention to the JRE release notes...

I run 64-bit Windows (x64) and had installed the 64-bit JRE (now that 64-bit is *finally* supported). The problem is that the 64-bit JRE is not used by the 32-bit browsers. Instead my browsers have been using the 32-bit JRE 1.5.x install!

I have since installed the latest 32-bit JRE 1.6.x and it fixed a couple of the references but I have a problem with "C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.5.0_19\bin\java.exe" pertaining to SA17478 ( in both IE and Firefox. Is there any known way to de-reference this JRE instance completely for Firefox (and preferably IE)?

Many thanks,

Anthony Wells RE: Secure Browsing: JRE 32-bit and 64-bit
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If you JRE 1.5 dependent , open the insecure program + link (advanced mode) look in "toolbox" and click on "ignore program" & and it will create an "ignore rule" . Click save & you can see it in the settings tab - you can write your own rules using the same format. PSI still scans the file , it just doesn't report it - so don't forget it is there


It always seems impossible until its done.
Nelson Mandela
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lamaslany RE: Secure Browsing: JRE 32-bit and 64-bit
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I had considered adding it as an exception but I'd rather it flag it as insecure than have PSI stop reporting on it. Otherwise if a new advisory/update is issued that makes the application an unacceptable risk I would not be informed.
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