Important JAVA Update

Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010 by El Guru in Other, Windows, Windows 7, Yahoo

Oracle has pushed out JAVA Version 6 Update 20 to address a sever security exploit. While I am usually pretty good about keeping my plugins such as JAVA updated I did notice I currently had Update 16 installed :(

This update is for Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems including Windows XP, Vista, 7 as well as Server 2003 & 2008. Note: This exploit currently affects users running 32-Bit browsers. To install the update simply go to and click the big red Free Java Download button. The site will auto-detect your operating system and present you with the correct download.

Important Tips:

  • Be sure to pay attention to the install prompts. The installer by default is going to install the Yahoo! Toolbar. Be sure to uncheck the box next to Install the Yahoo! Toolbar.
  • You will need to close Firefox (and any other browsers) in order to complete the install.
  • The installer should remove the older version of JAVA, but some user may need to remove multiple old installs manually. For Windows users this can be done through the (Add/Remove) Programs interface in the control panel.
  • The version is suppose to have an-updater as well, I would strongly suggest leaving this enabled as JAVA is one of those plugins that many people don’t think about updating.

For more info see eSecuirty Planet

  1. […] April 17, 2010 El Guru Leave a comment Go to comments As mentioned earlier today there is an Important JAVA Update available for all platforms, but more importantly for people using 32-bit versions of Windows. Now, […]

  2. Dan Poirier says:

    “Windows, Linux and Solaris” are hardly “all operating systems”.

  3. El Guru says:

    @Dan. I’ll update that, I thought I saw OS X as well, but is not. Thanks for the info

  4. gareon says:

    ” I currently had Update 16 installed :(”

    Mine was still at 16.15.1 on Linux/Synaptic Ubuntu repositories.
    I uninstalled it and probably will do the manual install. I prefer using the repos as I don’t have to remember doing updates but that seems to be a bit too far behind.

  5. james smith says:

    very informative..thanks a lot..james

  6. […] was have them check their JAVA install and saw they were running Update 6 Release 19, so I had them update their JAVA to Release 20. I thought may be a JAVA update would also auto-magically do some housekeeping as […]

  7. Ecko says:

    thanks for nice info,,,

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