Recently there have been several well-publicized security vulnerabilities associated with the Java browser plug-in. These vulnerabilities have all revolved around bypassing Java security mechanisms designed to restrict what “unsigned” applets or applications are able to do.
It is important to note that in these cases, Blackboard Collaborate applications themselves were not vulnerable to security threats. However, users who had Java enabled in their browser and browsed malicious websites, were.
Blackboard Collaborate recommends that all Mac OS X users should stay up-to-date with the latest versions of Mac OS X and Java in order to continue to access Blackboard Collaborate services. Although Apple blocked older versions of Java due to security concerns, the latest versions of Java have corrected the concerns and are no longer blocked by Apple. In addition to security benefits, users on the latest versions of Mac OS X and Java will be able to launch web conferencing sessions.
Web conferencing users with the latest version of Java may have difficulty quitting the web conferencing application. Users can use Force Quit. For more information on how to Force Quit an application please review Knowledge Base Article 2788.
- MarkTimbrook on Fall 2012 Online Semester Launches
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