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February 1, 2013

Apple blocks Oracle’s Java on Mac over security issues

Apple, in addition to other browser manufacturers, have blocked Java following a major security ditch found in the code

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple has blocked the latest version of Java from running on the recent versions of its Mac operating system, and blocked Java 6 from running on Mac’s older versions known as Snow Leopard, over security issues.

The iPhone maker has updated its XProtect malware-handling system in OS X that updates the Web plug-in blacklist to also include the recent version of Oracle’s Java 7 runtime plug-in.

The update was aimed at resolving the security issue in the earlier version of the Java 7 runtime that affected JRE 7 Update 10 and earlier.

The block will further affect programmes and online games that run on Java in Web browsers.

Apple, in addition to other browser manufacturers, have blocked Java following a major security glitch found in the code.

In January, Oracle was reportedly said that it is working on an update to fix the security flaw revealed by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), while security experts suggested all users to disable Java in Web browsers to prevent potential hacking attacks.

Java 7 Update 10 and earlier versions were alleged to comprise an unspecified vulnerability that would allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to carry out arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

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In October 2012, Apple has deleted old versions of Oracle’s Java software from internet browsers on the computers of Apple’s customers over security concerns.

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