MacNN | Stealth OS X update once again blocks use of Java
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
Stealth OS X update once again blocks use of Java
Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 11:06am

Apple is once again blocking the use of the Java web plug-in in OS X, reports say. The company has issued a silent update to OS X's anti-malware system which sets the minimum version of Java beyond the current Mac release, Java 7 Update 11. As a consequence, Java can't be used in web browsers on Macs until Oracle issues its next patch. The step may back (or be based on) views that Java continues to have serious security flaws.



Update 11 was itself meant to cope with a vulnerability so serious that the US government issued warnings against using the previous version. The wait for the update marked the first time Apple decided to block Java, even though a number of apps and websites rely on the technology. Only the web plug-in is affected by the block; installed Java apps should continue to run correctly, though updating to the latest version (and the new update when it arrives) is strongly recommended by Oracle. Apple has gradually distanced itself from Java over the years. At one point the company maintained its own Java fork, but it eventually left those duties up to Oracle after complaints about the Mac version of the software lagging behind. With the release of OS X Lion, Java no longer came pre-installed on Macs, though people can still download it directly from Oracle.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Today's MacNN Stories:

  • Home Depot to support Apple Pay across entire 2,000-store chain - 4:47 PM EST
  • Apple TV gains new channels in US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia - 4:14 PM EST
  • Apple Game Roundup: EVE Online charity effort, GOG Galaxy beta - 3:01 PM EST
  • Forums: Mac is slow, iTunes questions and more - 2:35 PM EST
  • Apple deals: Mac minis and Mac Pros - 2:33 PM EST
  • Daily Deals: Lenovo Windows tablet, Sony NEX, Bluetooth car stereo - 1:06 PM EST
  • Hands On: Gravilon (Windows, OS X) - 12:57 PM EST
  • Apple Pay gains another 24 financial institutions as growth continues - 12:40 PM EST
  • Samsung reveals Pro Plus, Evo Plus SD card lines with faster speeds - 12:16 PM EST
  • European Commission Apple, Amazon anti-trust ruling will miss deadline - 11:08 AM EST
  • Brother debuts pair of all-in-one inkjet printers, new high-volume ink - 10:43 AM EST
  • Hands On: Bang, The Official Video Game 2.1.6 (iOS) - 10:34 AM EST
  • Briefly: Apple Maps Connect expands again, Apple RAW support updated - 8:30 AM EST
  • Apple Watch: 'Made for' program launches, Interface Guidelines updated - 7:51 AM EST
  • Hands On: 3D Virtual Tabletop v2.1.24 (iOS) - 7:45 AM EST
  • Giveaway: Win an Apple Watch - 6:58 AM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • Comcast spent $336M on failed Time Warner Cable acquisition - 9:02 PM EST
  • Briefly: Amazon Instant Video on JetBlue, Surface 3 ships in US - 4:17 PM EST
  • Microsoft loses second EU trademark case to Sky over Skype - 2:29 PM EST
  • European Court to clarify law over linking to infringing material - 10:25 AM EST
  • Ubuntu phone with desktop capabilities coming this year - 9:15 AM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.