Proventing the download of malious java applets ?

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  1. Bethrezen

    Bethrezen Registered Member

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    hi all

    I’m currently using the latest build of fire fox and the latest build of java from sun micro systems and though that with the safe guards I have in place my computer would be ok but when I ran my virus scanner during a routine maintenance cycle recently a discovered that I had picked up infected java applets which surprised me because my virus scanner normally stops these before being downloaded

    but somehow these managed to slip through undetected which demonstrates a small weakness in my defences which I'd like to plug

    so to my question is there a security setting somewhere in either java or in ff to stop the downloading of java applets that could contain potentially malious code which could be used to breach my systems security ?
     
  2. AvianFlux

    AvianFlux Registered Member

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    Launch Java Control Panel, delete all Java applications and applets, and set storage for both to 0MB. :)

    Java will still function, however no viruses will have a place to store themselves.
     
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  3. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    Turn off Java while surfing the net. Best course of action. The setting is under web features in Firefox options.
     
  4. Tom772

    Tom772 Guest

    Ronjor do you get the same effect if it is blocked from accessing the internet through your firewall?
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  5. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    To be honest, I don't depend on a firewall to do that for myself. I suppose if your firewall is set up to block Java, it will.
     
  6. Bethrezen

    Bethrezen Registered Member

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    hi

    while this isnt a bad idea coz it stops them being stored on my computer it still dosnt stop them being activated when im surfing

    problen with this is that alot of lgit sights depend on java to operate correctley so this isnt an option really
     
  7. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    Do you have any links to those sites?
    I would download the adblock extension for Firefox as well as the Filterset G. extension. These may help.
     
  8. WSFuser

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    if u have teh latest noscript extension for firefox it can optionally (in addition to JS)block flash, java, and other plugins for untrusted sites.
     
  9. AvianFlux

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    Actually, Java security will prevent a virus from executing. Those settings are configured in the Java Control Panel 'Advanced' tab.
     
  10. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hi,
    Are you talking about java or javascript?
    People seem to have mentioned both.
    Mrk
     
  11. WSFuser

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    java but the noscript extension i mentioned can block both.
     
  12. Cursed Ghost

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    hi

    thanks for the link WSFuser ill check it out
     
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