Words: Bridget Spitznagel

Music: Cecelia, Simon and Garfunkel

Java! you're breaking my heart:
New flaw in security daily.
Told my browser, disable for now,
with furrow in brow (what a waste.)
Java! you're breaking my heart:
New flaw in security daily.
But who knows what tomorrow may bring
Some reason to sing Java's praise, sing its praise.

Wish the decs ran netscape too,
with that java,
oh it's mighty cool.
But on every netnews poll,
a new comp-dot-risks issue,
another big hole.

Disclaimer: Java is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems (and is "feeling much better now thank you".)

Background: There was a period of time when it seemed that every issue of comp.risks contained one or more warnings about a newly discovered Java security hole. It was considered advisable to disable web browsers' Java support. Netscape was not available for my primary machine at the time (a DECstation.) As usual, the explanation is longer than the song.

Legal frufru: Lyrics © 1996, Bridget Spitznagel. Permission granted for private noncommercial use and reproduction of these lyrics, provided that this copyright notice remains intact. Other uses are negotiable.

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