Oracle patches Java exploits, toughens its default security levels (update: Apple does too)

Oracle hasn't had a great start to 2013. It's barely into the new year, and Apple and Mozilla are already putting up roadblocks to some Java versions after discoveries of significant browser-based exploits. The company has been quick to respond, however, and already has a patched-up version ready to go. The Java update goes one step further to minimize repeat incidents, as well -- it makes the "high" setting the default and asks permission before it launches any applet that wasn't officially signed. If you've been skittish about running a Java plugin ever since the latest exploits became public, hit the source to (potentially) calm your nerves.

Update: Apple has released its flavor of Java built for Macs with the appropriate patch as well.

[Thanks, Trevor]

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Oracle patches Java exploits, toughens its default security levels (update: Apple does too)