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Goodbye to Oracle? Minecraft now comes with its own Java

John E Dunn | March 11, 2015
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For background, Danish security firm noticed a staggering 145 software flaws affecting Java in the third quarter of 2014 alone. In total, 77.65 percent of users running Personal Software Inspector (PSI) were running Java with around half running unpatched versions covering all versions including end of life.

Despite its vulnerability and continuing popularity with attackers, Java has added some security features over the years, including December 2012's Java Version 7 Update 10 which made it possible to disable Java browser plug-ins.

Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of security firm Qualys, suggested that the security benefits were welcome.

"Including Java inside its own installation is a good move by the Minecraft team. It enables Minecraft to have the best version of Java available for its type of processing, giving better performance. On top of that they can turnoff specific unnecessary items such as the browser integration part that are a huge win from a security perspective." he said.

"My backup program CrashPlan uses the same mechanism and it has been instrumental in making my Java installations on my desktop simpler - I don't have Java on the desktop anymore. I wish other programs such as Symantec AV for Mac went the same route."

"It reduces the Java threat to zero."

Mojang is now part of Microsoft's stable having been bought by the firm last September for $2.5 billion.

 

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