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Oracle Java 7 Update 13 Delivers 50 Flaw Fixes

Sometimes its better to rush something out early than to wait. That's what happened late Friday as Oracle released Java 7 Update 13 providing one of the biggest patch updates ever for Java.

The February 2013 Critical Patch Update for Java SE was originally scheduled for February 19th, but given that at least one of the vulnerabilities is being actively exploited, Oracle decided to expedite the patch update.

Of the 50 fixes, 40 of them are specific to Java usage in web browsers, which has been the primary attack vector against Java.

"The size of this Critical Patch Update, as well as its early publication, demonstrate Oracle's intention to accelerate the release of Java fixes, particularly to help address the security worthiness of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in desktop browsers," Eric Maurice, manager for Oracle's global technology business unit said.

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
Oracle Responds to Java Security Flaws with 50 Fixes

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.