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Apple Java for OS X 2014-001 includes installation improvements, and supersedes all previous versions of Java for OS X. This package installs the same version of Java 6 included in Java for OS X 2013-005.

This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all Web browsers. To use applets on a Web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

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HelenaG8531 Member IconReview+0
HelenaG8531
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What about iPhone and iPad iOS? Are there Java plug-ins there needing to be disabled?

Meanwhile, thanks Rick for your earlier answer! Wish I could reply to your reply to say it there!

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HelenaG8531 Member IconComment+0
HelenaG8531
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I hope you guys can clear this up for me and those I've guided to follow today's NPR news advice to disable Java in all browsers. I did and then found that browsing now isn't working well for most of my visited sites, including FaceBook which plastered a banner across the top explaining that it depending on Java script.

So the below comment also confuses me: "Therefore, I and many others (including Derekcurrie at the top of this thread) strongly recommend removing Java if you don’t need it. (And most people don’t need it. According to stats, only 0.1% of websites use Java)."

What are we supposed to do: disable Java in our browsers or not?? Thank you so much for clarifying this!

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ChaseT3020
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Java and JavaScript are two different things. Most of the web uses JavaScript to load content. Java in the browser should only be selectively enabled for sites that absolutely need it; otherwise, it's a big security concern. I still block JavaSctipt in Firefox by default with NoScript but then enable the content on webpages I trust, but that's me.

To clarify: Java=security risk, JavaScript=OK.

Derekcurrie Member IconComment+715
Derekcurrie
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This Java update from Apple is a bit of a mystery. But if you have OS X 10.7 - 10.9, I'd run the installer. I'd also keep it around in case you want to UN-install Oracle's dangerous Java 7 Internet Plug-in.

This installer works the same as the Java 2013-005 Installer. It UN-installs the dangerous Oracle Java 7 Internet Plug-in and provides the most updated version of Java 6 specific to running Java inside OS X (not Internet Java).

As far as I or other researchers can determine, Apple never pushed out this version of their Java update to anyone on any version of OS X. Exactly what it is for is a mystery. To this day, there is still NO security document for this update. Apple never emailed out a security announcement about it either. I suspect this is just another example of blundering by Apple's documentation team, which has now become an expectation, they're that poorly organized.

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_rick_v_
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Hey Derek,
I believe the uninstaller will only uninstall/remove the Java 7 plugin *if* it is not the latest version. If it is the latest, then it leaves it in place.

Canadianpj
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How is the java 7 plugin dangerous if you have it updated?

_rick_v_
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Canadianpj,
The problem with Java is that it’s always an uphill battle in patching bugs and exploits. They patch some today, but there will be more tomorrow.

Fundamentally, the issue is that Java is a full-fledged programming language wrapped into a plugin. Yes, they try to wrap everything in sandboxes and other restrictions. But as we’ve seen from past performance, we can guess future returns. The ‘returns’ being more bugs leading to more exploits.

Therefore, I and many others (including Derekcurrie at the top of this thread) strongly recommend removing Java if you don’t need it. (And most people don’t need it. According to stats, only 0.1% of websites use Java). But if you do need Java (typically for internal corporate sites), be very very careful. And keep it updated.

Canadianpj
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There are applications which require it as well. I know Crashplan did, I'm not sure if that is the case anymore. But, yes, this is not the plugin. Java itself gets a bad name for the problems regarding the plugin.

_rick_v_
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Yes, Java gets a bad name due mainly because of the plugin.

However, installing Java installs the plugin. You don't get a choice. And Java's track record for exploits speaks for itself, the reputation is deserved. So, if you want to use a program (such as CrashPlan) and install Java to use it, you've just made your computer more vulnerable.

Ideally, programs like CrashPlan would bundle the Java runtime into the app itself. Then you avoid having to install Java separately, which avoids the plugin mess. Many other apps on both Mac and Windows have done this already (just one example is CyberDuck, starting with version 4.4).

Canadianpj
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This does not take into account its extremely easy to disable the plugin in the browser and leave Java available for applications. In that light I do not believe it's a threat.

Regardless, yes, you should not really have any major plugin running that you are not using but we should give all the facts. Which again, you do not need the plugin active to have Java.

_rick_v_
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Yes, if you absolutely need Java, you can always disable the plugin within the browser. For users that absolutely require Java, I do exactly that.

However, two problems with that:
1. Vast majority of normal users (either Mac or Windows) don't do this precautionary step (disable unneeded plugins), period.

2. Even if they do (or more realistically; I do it for them), plugins have a funny way of getting re-enabled. I've seen it countless times. A Java auto-update or a new browser version, and next thing you know they're back in play.

So as best practice, I tell people they shouldn't have Java installed at all.

Volcanus
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One should better install the Oracle JDK 7 or 8. The Oracle JRE is not sufficient to run Java programs on OS X. It only installs the Java plugin for browsers. The Apple Java update does not remove Oracle JRE 7 or 8. Apple Java can't be removed. There is no uninstaller.

RavenNevermore
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Well it states:

"This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all Web browsers."

And then when you get a plugin missing error they want you to download it from Oracle. So it's uninstalling the *Apple* plugin, not the Oracle plugin, since they are telling you to get it from them if you get a missing plugin error.

Personally I leave Java disabled in the browser, with the exception of one website, PayPal, that needs it to print international shipping labels, via Pitney Bowes. Why Pitney Bowes uses Java is beyond me. And they only use it for the international labels, not the domestic ones.

Derekcurrie
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RavenNevermore replied:
"Well it states:
"This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all Web browsers."

Thank you! My blunder. (O_0)

Excellent thread! Thanks all.

HelenaG8531
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I hope you guys can clear this up for me and those I've guided to follow today's NPR news advice to disable Java in all browsers. I did and then found that browsing now isn't working well for most of my visited sites, including FaceBook which plastered a banner across the top explaining that it depending on Java script.

So the below comment also confuses me: "Therefore, I and many others (including Derekcurrie at the top of this thread) strongly recommend removing Java if you don’t need it. (And most people don’t need it. According to stats, only 0.1% of websites use Java)."

What are we supposed to do: disable Java in our browsers or not?? Thank you so much for clarifying this!

_rick_v_
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HelenaG8531,
I've just made a very common mistake. :-)
When reading threads like this one, many users confuse Java and JavaScript. They are two completely separate things. Back in the earliest days of the Internet, when it was assumed that Java was going to be the big hot thing, the creators of JavaScript wanted to ride the coat tails of Java's name.

This thread is referring only to the Java plugin. You can safely re-enable JavaScript in your browser and the web will magically start working again. :-)

Volcanus Member IconComment+4
Volcanus
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This Java is totally outdated. It can't be removed after installation. One can no longer choose which java version to use. This is crap. Java on OS X is totally flawed.

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Version 2013-005
Derekcurrie
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Apple is supplying Java specific to running applets within OS X, NOT web applets. Apple's installer actually removes the Java Internet Plug-in then has Safari ask the user if they want to install Java IF they at some point run into a Java applet on the Internet. Apple then points the user to the Oracle Java Plug-in installer on the net.

So there is no problem here. Java works on OS X. The dangerous Java Internet Plug-in is not running by default, avoiding Java malware. You decide to install the plug-in if you need it. The current plug-in version is Java 7 (aka v1.7).

Why all this contortion from Apple? It's because Oracle broke the Java sandbox, resulting in Java on the Internet being the single most DANGEROUS software a Mac user can run. Don't do Internet Java unless have to. IOW: Apple is insisting upon keeping its users as safe as possible.

No is only Apple could do the same for Adobe's crap Flash and Shockwave Internet plug-ins, which are the #2 & #3 most DANGEROUS software on the Internet.

I write about Mac security here:
https://Mac-Security.blogspot.com

Albabe Member IconComment+779
Albabe
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Java 7 Update 55 (build 1.7.0_55-b13) is out today.

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Paulimpola Member IconComment+41
Paulimpola
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I cannot install this on my early-2008 Core2Duo MacBool Pro. The installer tells me, "An error occurred while evaluating JavaScript for this volume."
Yes, it does say "JavaScript" in the error message. And yes, I do know that Java and JavaScript are two totally separate and unrelated languages.

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Mysticalos Member IconComment+268
Mysticalos
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Just adding a note that 10.9 also uses this package. it's actually for 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9.

This update showed up in software update on 10.9GM

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Mhor Member IconComment+4
Mhor
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Java for OS X 2013-005 is available as well: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5945
But I couldn't find a direct download link so far they're just popping up in Software Update.

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Version 2013-004
Turquoise
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http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572

Dp-G4-450guy Member IconComment+73
Dp-G4-450guy
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MacUpdate Admin! - Snow Leopard Java Update 16 is at: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1573

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Version 2013-004
Regular-Warren
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We have a separate listing for that one: https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/33087/apple-java-for-mac-os-x-10.6

James Hayward Member IconReview+0
James Hayward
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Be warned, Apple Java for OS X 2013-004 makes Extensis Universal Type Server 3.3 act unstable and puts a Java process/executable called org.jboss.Main in your dock.

Extensis tech support has been notified.

I have also been having issues with auto activation on some systems with Illustrator CS6... Still testing. YMMV

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Date 09 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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