Microsoft Holds Java Vulnerabilities Responsible in Nearly Half of All Attacks

Software giant Microsoft has claimed that hackers have launched millions of attacks, which exploit vulnerabilities in the outdated Java platform.

The Windows maker said that more than half of the attacks its security software had blocked in the last 12 months were related to vulnerabilities in Java.

According to Computer World, Tim Rains, the director of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing division, the company's security software had blocked more than 27 million attacks exploiting vulnerabilities in Java from mid-2010 to mid-2011.

The sad part here is that most of the attacks exploited vulnerabilities, which had already been patched on Java.

In a blog post, Rains revealed one of the most commonly exploited vulnerability in Java in the first half of 2011, which affected the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), was first discovered in March 2010 and was patched in the same month.

The Redmond based OS giant also revealed that in the first half of 2011, some of the most common vulnerabilities that were exploited by hackers were found in Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE), Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and Java SE in the Java Development Kit (JDK).