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Access Built In – Unsupported Software Like Java 6 Gives Hackers a Big Edge
Date:9/17/2013

s no longer supported by Oracle. That means vulnerabilities are no longer being tested for and patched, which has hackers everywhere zeroing in on those vulnerable systems like heat seeking missiles. And Oracle is not certainly not alone. In the spring of next year, the popular operating system Windows XP is falling off of Microsoft’s support schedule as well, which means all those security patches we’ve all come to expect on Microsoft’s well known patch Tuesday on the first Tuesday of every month to plug all the recent vulnerabilities they’ve uncovered will no longer be in the cards for XP users. And with the over a third of all Windows users still tethered to the XP platform, hackers everywhere are licking their chops and counting down the days.”

Why are users still using older programs if the updates are typically free?

“There are a lot of reasons, but most of the time it all boils down to cost, because free certainly doesn’t always mean free. For instance, if an organization spent big money having applications designed for Java 6, they may not be ready to dive in to another big investment to make sure their applications get updated to use the newer version. The same goes for organizations that rely on programs like Adobe Reader and Flash, or even on a bigger scale, operating systems like Windows XP, which is still in use on a whopping one third of all systems running a Window’s environment. It was stable, they are used to it and there are certainly costs involved when it comes to changing everything to a newer version, from both a monetary perspective, as well as a familiarity perspective. It’s the “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” mentality in full swing. But what often gets forgotten are the tremendous costs that can com
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