Oracle has issued a new a update that patches 17 serious security vulnerabilities in Java, the company announced.
The patches were released as a part of the company’s scheduled updates. The update package includes in it 17 security patches, as well as addresses a non-security related issue.
“A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. The Critical Patch Update for Java SE also includes non-security fixes,” Oracle wrote on its website
According to the company, the 17 security vulnerabilities were of the highest-threat level and left the platform at the mercy of hackers, who could exploit these flaws remotely to their own advantages.
Nine of these 17 flaws would give a hacker administrative access to a Windows machine, granting full access to the computer. Exploiting these bugs, a skilled hacker could potentially break into and take total control of the victim’s system.
Also, 16 out of 17 of these vulnerabilities left Java Runtime Environment plug-ins on web browsers exposed to external threats.
"Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply [the] fixes as soon as possible," Oracle stated.