By Yolande Poirier-Oracle on May 31, 2013
In a detailed blog, Nandini Ramani, Vice President of Software Development, summarizes Oracle steps to address security issues on the Java platform. Amongst the most recent changes, she explains that "it is now possible to run signed applets without allowing them to run outside the sandbox, and users can prevent the execution of any applets if they are not signed". She lists the impacts of those changes and mentioned for example that "Oracle urges organizations whose sites currently contain unsigned Java Applets to sign those Applets according to the documented recommendations."
She also explains that "Oracle has found that the public coverage of the recently published vulnerabilities impacting Java in the browser has caused concern to organizations committed to Java applications running on servers. As a result, Oracle is taking steps to address the security implications of the wide Java distribution model, by further dissociating client/browser use of Java (e.g., affecting home users) and server use (e.g., affecting enterprise deployments). With Java 7 update 21, Oracle has introduced a new type of Java distribution: “Server JRE.”"
She added that "starting in October 2013, Java security fixes will be released under the Oracle Critical Patch Update schedule along with all other Oracle products. In other words, Java will now issue four annual security releases."
Check out her original blog