Apple Blocks Mac Java Plug-ins Over Security Threats Yet Again

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Apple blocked the Java 6 and Java 7 plug-ins for the third time this year over Mac users on Thursday over more potential security threats. Mac users running versions of Java that are earlier than version 6 update 51 and version 7 update 25 can no longer run Java code on their computer until they update to a newer version.

Apple disables Java for Macs for the third time this yearApple disables Java for Macs for the third time this year

Apple hasn't uninstalled Java from user's Macs, and instead has simply disabled the older versions of the plug-in, which means apps and websites that rely on Java either won't work or will be partially non-functional. Users running newer versions of the plug-ins aren't affected.

Java isn't the same as Javascript, although the names are similar.

This isn't the first time this year Apple has remotely disabled older versions of Java over security-related issues. For Mac owners that don't actually need Java, you can uninstall it, or at least find out exactly which version is living on your Mac, by following along with TMO's handy guide.

Apple has taken to remotely disabling older versions of Java on user's Macs, and will also auto-disable the plug-in when it hasn't been used for at least 30 days. You can also disable Java yourself in Safari's preferences.

Apple has stopped maintaining Java on its own and has handed that task off to Oracle, which also happens to be the company that develops the Java platform. Assuming you need Java on your Mac, you can find the latest version at Oracle's Java website.

Comments

geoduck

Wow, that’s three Malware Monsters on the TMO home page at the same time. Not sure if I’ve ever seen that before. The times they are a changing.

John Dingler, artist

I had to learn from the Oracle site what this sentence meant:

“Mac users running versions of Java that are earlier than version 6 update 51 and version 7 update 25 can no longer run Java code on their computer until they update to a newer version.”

I learned that Java <v6 update 51> is likely the latest update for those using Mountain Lion OS, while the Java <v7 update 25> is likely the update for those using the Lion OS.

I am running Mountain Lion so, I guess, the latest possible Java compatible with my OS is v6 update 51.

iJack

I think you got that just exactly wrong, John. I used the link above, let the test run, and I am running v7 update 25 in Mountain Lion. I mean, you would expect the latest version of Java to be running on the latest OS X, right?  Not v7 on Lion, and v6 on Mountain Lion, that makes no sense.

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