Health Ministry advises caregivers to not update browsers

Sep

23

2016

Customers of the so-called UZI-register receive an email with a request to perform no updates on their web browsers. The e-mail states that since October 2016 Web browsers no longer support the required Java and ActiveX components.

The UZI Registry issues certificates that allows healthcare providers can identify. For this, the so-called UZI-card is used, which is a smart card on which digital keys are kept. The registry is part of the BRIC, which in turn is an executive agency of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

The Java and ActiveX plug-ins are used among other things to identify healthcare providers using the smart card. How many people use the plug-ins is unknown, says Vera Wagenaar, communications from the CIRB against Tweakers. She expects that the issue is resolved around November. The e-mail is, according to her circulated to warn customers that they will not be able to use the application as they update their browser.

is recommended in the mail to turn off automatic updates. “The UZI card (reader) is in many cases using certain browser components for identification, authentication and placing digital signatures on medical-related documents. These components, such as Java and ActiveX, will disappear from October 2016.” And further in the mail: “It is important that there is no automatic updates occur more in your current browser also install new browsers..”

Presumably it is referenced in the e-mail to the fact that Java version 9 an end makes to supporting the web plug-in. The Java plug-in is not flawless reputation been in the field of security and is often a victim of zero-day vulnerabilities. 9 Java was originally scheduled for September 2016 but was later postponed to March 2017.

ActiveX is a software framework that has been in existence for 20 years and is being phased out by more and more bodies. Support browsers other than Internet Explorer is barely got off the ground, and even Microsoft’s own new browser, Edge, the functionality is not added. The framework is already in the past several times been in the news because of security holes.

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