All of us are aware of the Java® 7 update 21 that plugs 42 security holes, aren’t we? Oracle® issues update for Java to fix security issues, root certificate changes, algorithm changes, and code level bug problems every four months, and provides a collection of critical patch updates and non-security fixes.


With Java Update 21, Oracle shares that 39 of the 42 vulnerabilities for which the patches are rolled out, are remotely exploitable without authentication. Also, in addition to the security fixes, the new update will also make changes to the way Java applets are handled and presented in Web browsers that have the Java plug-in enabled.


Here’s the thing that is alarming: Despite the growing awareness of the vulnerabilities, only 7% percent of the users are running the latest version. Some scary factoids based on a report by WebSense:



The more you fail to keep up with security updates from your software vendors, the more you are prone to vulnerability. Alright, so how do you keep up with the patches? Given the complexity and dynamism of exploit kits and their updates, you need a patching strategy!


Patching Java can be tricky at times. For example, when you apply a patch, Java may uninstall the older version. Hence, you need to ensure that your patch management strategy allows you to create advanced before and after patch deployment scenarios.


Now patch Java updates with ease!!


With SolarWinds Patch Manager, you can easily discover systems that are not running the latest Java updates and patch them pronto. Patch Manager allows you to deploy pre-tested Java updates to any number of workstations, servers and VMs you need to update. Once you deploy the update, you can run reports to check how successful your patching was. You can also customize patch reports, schedule, and email them.


Patch Manager reduces weeks of your patching efforts and helps you protect software and applications against vulnerabilities. Java patch management made simpler, easier and effective!