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Much has been said about the security risks associated with Java. However the burp suite (pen test) depends on Java.

Is it secure to install Java? if so, how to properly do it?

My Ubuntu is a web server and I don't need Java for web services - only for burp suite.

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If you want to know how to install latest oracle Java ,then i can help you and yes its safe , wats the issue with it? – Sushantp606 Nov 25 '13 at 12:12
as i passionately hate Larry Ellison, i installed 'default-jre' using apt-get install. i guess this one should work too. my question is not whether the installer is clean - but whether the server is still as in/secure after the installation by default or whether i have to configure it manually. our website does not require java - burp suite does. java is very vulnerable to all sorts of exploits - that's why we all turn it off when surfing. my question is not for surfing - but for a webserver & burp... – Pascal Nov 25 '13 at 13:44

Java related security considerations

I think the problem with Java security is first and foremost related to:

  • Outdated insecure versions
  • Java running as applets within your browser makes you vulnerable to exploits coming from remote.

So to mitigate this you should:

  • Install Java from a repository (so you can update with sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade later)
  • Don't install the Java-Plugin
  • .. or disable it with NoScript(Firefox) / NotScript(Chrome)

Since you are installing Java on a server and you won't run a browser there, you will only have to deal with the first problem: So update Java regularly (which you should do with any installed software anyway).

How to install Open-Java

First enable the universe repository. If you haven't done it already.

Then you install Java with

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre

This will install Java without the Java-Plugin.

How to install Oracle-Java

To get an automatically update-able Java from Oracle, you can you use the PPA provided from webup8.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

This article has the details about the Oracle-Java PPA. Unfortunately I don't know how to not install the Java-Plugin with this PPA.

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this answers my question completely - if anyone wanna close the question already - feel free to. thank you madmike and Sushantp606 – Pascal Nov 25 '13 at 13:45
Here is how to close a question – MadMike Nov 25 '13 at 14:11
I've added the WebUp8-method to install Oracle-Java. – MadMike Nov 25 '13 at 14:16

For installing Latest Oracle Java:

To check ubuntu system architecture installed

$ uname -m


$ arch

Download the Oracle Java JDK for Linux. Make sure you select the correct compressed binaries for your system architecture 32-bit or 64-bit (which end in tar.gz).It will be downloaded in Downloads folder in home.So first open nautilus with sudo as

sudo nautilus 

and make a folder java under


and then folow the following commands:

cd /home/"your_user_name"/Downloads
sudo cp -r jdk-7u40-linux-x64.tar.gz /usr/local/java
cd /usr/local/java
sudo chmod a+x jdk-7u40-linux-x64.tar.gz
sudo tar xvzf jdk-7u40-linux-x64.tar.gz

At this point you should have two uncompressed binary directories in /usr/local/java check it by

ls -a

Now edit the system path file by

sudo gedit /etc/profile

scroll down to the last and add following lines

export JAVA_HOME
export PATH

Save and exit and write these commands in terminal to Inform your Ubuntu Linux system where your Oracle Java JDK/JRE is located.

sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/usr/local/java/jdk1.7.0_40/bin/java" 1
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/javac" "javac" "/usr/local/java/jdk1.7.0_40/bin/javac" 1
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/javaws" "javaws" "/usr/local/java/jdk1.7.0_40/bin/javaws" 1
sudo update-alternatives --set java /usr/local/java/jdk1.7.0_40/bin/java
sudo update-alternatives --set javac /usr/local/java/jdk1.7.0_40/bin/javac
sudo update-alternatives --set javaws /usr/local/java/jdk1.7.0_40/bin/javaws
. /etc/profile

Now everything is installed just check it by

java -version

the output must be like

java version "1.7.0_40"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_40-b40)
Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM (build 23.1-b03, mixed mode)

Congratulation now its installed.

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+1 for the effort documenting how to do it manually. I've done it like this a few time at the last enterprise. The bad thing is that you have to do it again each time an update comes out. Also, if you don't upgrade, you become vulnerable to the unfixed security issues. The good thing is that you get to know your system better and are in control. – MadMike Nov 26 '13 at 7:45
thanks @MadMike , this is because I luv Ubuntu now, and want to share information i know. – Sushantp606 Nov 26 '13 at 7:50

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