Java is intended for use in networked/distributed environments. Toward that end, a lot of emphasis has been placed on security. Java
enables the construction of virus-free, tamper-free systems. The authentication techniques are based on public-key encryption.
--The Java Language, An Overview
There really aren't very many security holes left in Java.
As of Java 1.1, all the ones that have been found have been fixed.
In fact, despite all the hoopla about a few problems that were identified in theory, no genuinely hostile applets have been encountered in the wild.
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