JavaScript Security

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ThenMedia customers may have noticed recent stories in the news making reference to a potential security issue with Java, specifically version 7 of Java which is installed on millions of PCs and Macs across the world.

In America, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned users to disable or uninstall Java software on their computers, amid continuing fears and an escalation in warnings from security experts that hundreds of millions of business and consumer users are vulnerable.

With this in mind, a number of our clients have contacted us to discover if any ThenMedia products, chiefly CentrePointCMS are affected, and whether there are any steps we would advise them to take.

We can reassure customers that although CentrePointCMS uses JavaScript, it doesn't use compiled 'java runtimes' which are the components affected by this security issue. Java and JavaScript are completely unrelated things.

The JavaScript engine is built into your browser. It is not installed separately. Installing/uninstalling Java will not affect the JavaScript engine in your browser. Also, changing settings for JavaScript will have absolutely no effect on any Java runtimes you may have installed.

To disable Java in Windows go to Control Panel and double click on the Java Icon, instructions are provided thereafter. You shouldn't change any settings in your internet browser. If you disable JavaScript in the browser, you won't be protected from this security flaw, and ThenMedia products (along with many other dynamic websites) will stop functioning correctly.

 

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