Java is the programming language that is considered a favorite for both ethical and illegal hacking, according to Mehedi Hasan of Ubuntu Pit.
New Java Vulnerabilities
Zero-Day Deserialization Attack
The Java Deserialization Zero-Day specifically targets web hosts and cloud providers, according to Cisco Talos. The vulnerability exists through Java’s deserialization, where a hacker may overwrite script in the midst of the unpacking of data.
For end-users who make use of web hosting services, this can be quite devastating, as it may gain access to information being sent out and keep in servers. Experts recommend that end-users must respond by shoring up their security.
Users may protect their information through stringent JavaPipe practices such as SSL certification and backups. Cloud providers must also boost their protocols and consistently check their scripts for any odd new strains.
While not quite as recent, an active botnet operation has been busy gobbling up backdoors on multiple PHP and Java web servers. The hack is dangerous, as it is the latest manifestation of an old Windows trojan virus, according to Positive Technologies.
Instead of attacking end-users and their desktop computers, it has shifted its focus to online servers. Its purpose is to gain a backdoor entry and plant cryptocurrency-mining programs without the end-user being aware. Java is used by multiple programs and applications, which make every end-user vulnerable to this attack.
End-users can protect themselves by keeping abreast of the situation as it continues to develop and ensure a thorough understanding of the progress of the malware.
Effect Of Java Attacks On Users
The effects of hacking attempts and malware plants have left a mark on their victims. Prime examples of Java backdoor hacks were those of Equifax. While the main vulnerability stemmed from Apache Struts, hackers were able to gain access, since the scripts were written in Java.
Given Java’s flexible nature, it allowed interested parties to use the object-oriented programming to slip their own scripts and gain access to millions of pieces of customer information. The subsequent hack resulted in waves of identity theft, and millions of users left feeling vulnerable.
Oracle’s New Java Updates
Despite the vulnerabilities, Java has not waned in popularity. This is predominantly due to Oracle’s continued release of updates. As a brand, they constantly disclose any new vulnerabilities that crop up.
They rolled out a series of updates to their programming since April of this year, and have continued since. Most importantly, most of these updates are free for users.
While there exist premium updates, a majority of Java users rely on free updates to keep their applets safe from attacks.
There is no denying that Java remains to be useful to end-users and various application developers. As such, it will continue to be a target of hackers seeking to exploit any new vulnerabilities they can find.
Only time will tell if there will be new Java-based attacks that go through Oracle’s new updates.