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Apple Java for Mac OS X 10.6 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6.

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Version Update 17:
  • Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 17 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_65. This update enables per-website control of the Java plug-in within Safari 5.1.9 or later. Please quit any Web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.
  • See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5946 for more details about this more...


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Kobalt Member IconComment+464

Yes, thanks for theu pdated link to Update 17, MU team!

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Version Update 17

But when can we please, please have an editing facility for posts we screw up? ;)

Mhor Member IconComment+4

Apple Java for OS X 10.6 Update 17 is out: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5982 but I did not find a direct download link yet.

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Version Update 16
Vito Member IconComment+127

Today’s news says that there's supposed to be a Java update available, so presumably that would be Update 17. But if there's an Update 17 for Apple Java for Mac OS X 10.6, Software Update.app doesn't know about it yet. I just ran Software Update and it reported that all my apps are up to date. Likewise, there’s no Update 17 available (yet) on Apple’s website as of the time of this posting.

Running the Java Preferences utilily shows that the most recent version of Java installed on my Mac Pro in Snow Leopard (10.6.8) is Java SE6 v1.6.0_51-b11-456 (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available), which was installed with Update 16. So it appears that either the recent update doesn't affect Apple Java for Mac OS X 10.6, or Apple hasn't yet released the update.

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Version Update 16
Mdewakanton Member IconComment+30

Actually Update 14 for 10.6.8 updates Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_43 and not 1.6.0_41 (this detail should be corrected also for the update for 10.7 and 10.8).

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Albabe Member IconComment+779

14 is out for Snow Leopard!

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Macfool Member IconComment+253

Remember to "Repair Disk Permissions" and check the "Off/On" status in Java Preferences after installing this update.

A word to the wise?

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Version Update 12
Negritude Member IconComment+1082

The most important issue that users of Snow Leopard need to be aware of is the fact that Java 6 is almost End Of Life (EOL). That means that there will be no more updates after this month, so any future security vulnerabilities will go unpatched:


I repeat, Java 6 is almost officially dead, and you need a plan to stop using it very soon.

What that means is that 10.6 users need to figure out a way to make the leap to Java 7, even though the official installer from Oracle only works with 10.7 and above.

Here are some suggestions:


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Version Update 12

What about using open JDK, i.e.:


The requirements say OS 10.6.8+.

Or is this just a development tool and not for end users?


Re: OpenJDK

MU's OpenJDK page is out-of-date. Clicking the Visit Developer's Site link there opens a java.net page listing newer versions for both the JDK and JRE but they're also older (7u12 Build b08) and likely vulnerable to security issues fixed in Oracle's latest releases even if they'll install/run on 10.6 (it doesn't say).


16 April 2013---Just installed Java update 15 for 10.6.8. Almost officially dead, but still hanging in there, apparently.


Looks like Java for Snow Leopard is still breathing:

Dana Sutton Member IconComment+669
Dana Sutton

Since the Dept. of Homeland Security has issued such a strong warning against Java, can anybody tell me why exactly I need Java at all? (I"d like to do my own risk/benefit assessment).

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Version Update 12

Some cross-platform applications are built in Java. If you don't know of any that are you don't need it.

Mikael B

Some Adobe apps in CS 4 at least need Java. Where you almost never need Java is in the browser, which also is where the security issues are, so turn off the java plugin there.

I develop in Java, publish on Linux, but i never ever have Java active in the browsers I use.

Javascript on the other hand — which is not Java at all — is very much needed for most modern web sites.

F451 Member IconComment+393

The update is available. For some wacky reason Apple's links go to the incorrect place unless you come from different links at Apple's own website. Try this page and choose download from here:


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Version Update 12
RogerKatz Member IconComment+65

The MacUpdate link provides version 11 (not 12)

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Version Update 12

So does Apple's site, so, will probably have to wait a while for things to get updated.


The verbiage on the Apple download page does refer to the old version but the actual download from Apple (and the MU link) is in fact the new (Update 12) package. Verified this not only based on the name of the (mounted) diskimage download, but also from the SHA1 hash referenced in the Apple Product Security mailing.


Both MacUpdate's site, as well as Apple's site, reference the update version 12, but the actual download (i.e., mounted diskimage), from both those sites, still identify themselves as Update 11. I found this to be the case all day long even after following F451's comment about trying another link. I have not been able get update 12, despite Timmyb's reply saying that he got there.

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Type Utilities / System
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Date 16 Oct 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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