Despite improvement, Java poses continuous security problem in 2014

According to Heimdall Security, Oracle Java Runtime Environment has been one of the largest source of third party software vulnerabilities over the past two years. The most dangerous so far has been 2013, when 180 different vulnerabilities were noticed, far above the number for Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat.

Even when these problems are fixed with patches and updates, they show the difficulties that persist in using this software. A legacy system modernization plan helps companies focus on transitioning to an environment where this isn't a concern.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it would be blocking outdated Java Plugins through Internet Explorer. But later, the company retracted its plan and delayed the block until September 9. Computer World quoted the company on its reasons for changing its mind.

"Based on customer feedback, we have decided to wait … before blocking any out-of-date ActiveX controls," it said. "The feature and related Group Policies will still be available on August 12, but no out-of-date ActiveX controls will be blocked until Tuesday, September 9."

However, it's not just browser incompatibility that makes Java a danger. Writing for InfoWorld, John Matthew Holt urges the use of virtual machines as a strategy for keeping processes safe.

He argues that the ideal solution is found outside the developer, because there's always a threat that arises after the software product is released. Open source code also poses a problem by making it difficult to hold any party liable.

Research a terminal emulator today, and find a cost-effective Java-free source that doesn't expose your business to potentially crippling threats.