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of the browser that launches it. Compounding the problem, most JREs don't remind the user to download security updates, unlike many other applications that often annoy users with frequent upgrade prompts. Thus, you need to devise a plan for distributing JRE patches regularly across your enterprise. Such patches are especially important for machines used to manage our critical infrastructures; many enterprise applications, security tools and network infrastructure devices and systems use Java-based GUIs. If an attacker compromises such systems, enterprise control could totally unravel. Patch these machines diligently, either manually (if there are a small number of them), or by using an automated patching tool, such as Microsoft's Systems Management Server (SMS) or Shavlik Technologies' NetChk Protect.
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