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Apple Java Reviews2017-001

01 February 2019

For OS X 10.7 through macOS 10.13.

Mysticalos
20 July 2011
Version: 1.0

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This is also downloaded automaticlaly on first run if you just open java prepferences in the utilities folder, it's basically install on demand software and will install itself once you try to use it. Stand alone is convinient for mass distribution though.
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Jer
31 January 2019
Version: 2017-001
Did I fall into a time portal? Why is the 2017 update showing up dated January 31, 2019?
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echix
04 November 2017
Version: 2017-001
Sorrry, but I can`t find no update to Apple Java 2017-001.
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MichaelHaeusler
22 September 2017
Version: 2015-001
It's working great on El Capitan, but does this still work on Sierra and High Sierra? I have a single application that still needs Apple's legacy Java Runtime 6.
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GeogProf
28 July 2015
Version: 2015-001
There appears to be nothing at all new in this release. What the hell is this for?
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Derekcurrie
27 July 2015
Version: 2015-001
A quick and simple way to DISABLE running JAVA over the Internet (if you have Admin privileges):

1) Go to /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/
2) Remove from this directory everything listed as 'Java'. Yes, that includes Apple's own alias file "JavaAppletPlugin.plugin". I advise that you store these files somewhere, just in case you want to use them later for some odd purpose. I have them in a folder labeled "Internet Plug-ins (disabled)" inside the Library folder.
3) QUIT and restart all your web browsers. Java now cannot run in them over the Internet, which is where Java is particularly dangerous.

There are other Java bits and pieces you could trash. But for the sake of simplicity and the ability to reinstate the Java Plug-In whenever you may want to actually use it on the Internet, I'd leave everything else in place.

NOTE: Running Java applications off the Internet is not typically a problem. Just be sure you run Java apps, off the Internet, from reliable developers. Trojan horse Java applications are possible. So avoid running mysterious Java apps you know nothing about. Check up on their reputation and verify they are NOT Trojans.

Why is Java over the Internet now so dangerous? Thank Oracle, who obtained Java when they bought Sun Microsystems. Oracle specifically BROKE the Java sandbox, allowing Java to interact directly with computer systems. This was the stupidest thing Oracle could do with Java.
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Kihoalu
27 July 2015
Version: 2015-001
There is way too much lame software still running Java online.
I’ve seen job employment service companies (re-trainers) who still rely on it!

Should not leave any good feelings about how they (retrainers) handle other sensitive data, if they can’t get this right!

An under-explained update.
If there was a version later than 6 installed - what GETS installed with this Apple installer?

Does it REALLY overwrite newer versions of Java?

Does it remove any System Pref Panes, or does it roll the references back to Apple Java 6?

What it comes down to, is that most people know very little about what their computers are doing. If the Preference Pane feedback is faulty, the user can be persuaded that something did, or did not get updated!
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HelenaG8531
11 June 2014
Version: 2014-001
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
11 June 2014
Version: 2014-001
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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Derekcurrie
09 June 2014
Version: 2014-001
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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Volcanus
31 May 2014
Version: 2013-005
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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Albabe
15 April 2014
Version: 2013-005
Java 7 Update 55 (build 1.7.0_55-b13) is out today.
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Paulimpola
17 October 2013
Version: 2013-005
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
16 October 2013
Version: 2013-005
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
16 October 2013
Version: 2013-004
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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Dp-G4-450guy
21 June 2013
Version: 2013-004
MacUpdate Admin! - Snow Leopard Java Update 16 is at: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1573
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James-Hayward
20 June 2013
Version: 2013-004
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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Harry Flashman
20 June 2013
Version: 2013-004
Perhaps somebody else knows the answer here but why are there two current versions of Java these days and which one should we be using? I have an OS X update this morning telling me I can install version SE 6 to 1.6.0_051 but inside the system preferences control panel I have the Java menu, which says I currently have Java 7 installed with 1.7.0_25-b15, which sounds like it is more up to date.
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Pjm
20 June 2013
Version: 2013-004
Beware: this renders Matlab unusable, and you'll end up having to revert to the previous version.
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Popguru
05 March 2013
Version: 2013-002
The information above on MacUpdate for this update is incorrect--it says it installs Java version 1.6.0_41, which is the version installed by the previous update. The Apple Support page states the version of Java installed by 2013-002 update is 1.6.0_43.
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Holypoly
05 March 2013
Version: 2013-002
Snow Leopard users - here's a link to the latest update for Java 6 (v43, March 4): http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL1573/en_US/JavaForMacOSX10.6.dmg
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MichaelFrankel
04 March 2013
Version: 2013-002
So.... this has the same description as the previous Java Update from Apple. How is it different??
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Thresher-the-Shark
04 March 2013
Version: 2013-002
Another day, another zero day...
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Monkeyjunkey
03 February 2013
Version: 2012-006
Where's the uninstaller? This does not come with an uninstaller and following the developer link, there's also no info how to uninstall. Is uninstalling this some sort of secret?
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Robk
31 October 2012
Version: 2012-006
Please note that this update uninstalls the Java 6 plugin for Java applets and it also uninstalls the Apple Java Preferences App (found in the Utilities folder). After installing this update, you can download and install the Java 7 JRE from Oracle as recommended by Apple if you need to run Java Applets. But please note that the Java 7 browser plugin for Java applets is 64 bit only. As a result, the Java 7 browser plugin will ONLY run in 64 bit browsers (like Safari). Since Chrome is a 32-bit browser, you CANNOT run Java applets using the Java 7 browser 64-bit plugin. If you use Chrome and need to run Java applets, do NOT install this update or Java 7. (But please note that your security is at risk due to security flaws in the Apple Java 2012-005). Some people have complained that certain applets do NOT run properly in 64 bit browsers using the Java 7 64-bit plugin. The fact that the plugin is 64 bit is NOT the problem. A Java 7 32-bit plugin would likely not fix the problem since both the 32-bit and 64-bit Java browser plugins would run the same Java applet bytcode from the website). (i.e. Java byte code is Java byte code). If an applet not longer runs properly it is likely due to BUGS in the Java 7 browser plugin. These bugs will be fixed over time. If you cannot wait for these bugs to be fixed, you can go back to Apple's Java 6. See the following from Apple: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5559?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
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Shmk
24 October 2012
Version: 2012-006
Does anybody know where one can find the java prefrerences app? This update killed all my java desktop applications, only have a couple but they are so useful, and I want to get them started again
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Flying-meat
19 October 2012
Version: 2012-006
This update does what it says it will do, uninstall the Java plugin. The plugin is for browser use. It does not uninstall Java, but updates it to a newer version of SE6. If you need the Java plugin for your browsers, then get the 7.x plugin from Oracle by following the directions provided in the update description. It should be noted that the Oracle version 7 plugin is 64bit only, and may cause issues with some Java applets and reportedly FileMaker server. Verify your required applets work with the version 7 Java plugin before installing this update. If you discover/hear of a problem with a required applet, contact that applet developer and request they test against, and resolve issues regarding the Oracle version 7 64bit Java plugin. If there is no support for your particular applet, then you'd better start researching, and making plans to work around that sad - sad state of affairs.
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robininsunnysoCal
18 October 2012
Version: 2012-006
I am hoping that someone can help me. I updated the Java installed on my Mac (Lion) yesterday. Java 7 installed. Unfortunately, the web apps that I need to run (CMS Java Editor) requires that I use Java 6 and the Runtime that goes with Java 6. I have tried to remove Java 7 and reinstall the Apple Java that came with Lion, but nothing is working. I still get the error when I try to open up my CMS Editor that says I need to use Runtime 1.6 not 1.7. I have tried to use the instructions for removing 7 and installing 6 at https://service.parachat.com/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=226&useful=vote but when I am in the Terminal app and it asks for my password, it won't accept it. I am administrator of this machine. I am a Web content editor, and I now cannot do my work because of the Java update.
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Jhwade
18 October 2012
Version: 2012-006
What a cluster
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Gregm
17 October 2012
Version: 2012-006
Apple update>> Apple sez go to Oracle for plug-in>> gets Oracle Java 7x. Why even bother getting the Apple update?
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Robk
17 October 2012
Version: 2012-006
According to Apple "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." When I click "Missing plugin-in" on a web page and then click More Info, Safari brings me to the Oracle website where it prompts me to install the latest version of Java 7. If I want to run Java applets, do I need to upgrade to Java 7? Or is there a Java plug-in I can download from Oracle for Apple's Java 6 (as suggested by Apple)? If so, where?
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Derekcurrie
06 September 2012
Version: 2012-005
This Java update is for BOTH 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion. There is a different Java updater for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The update provides Java 6, v1.6 Update 35. At this time, this is the ONLY safe version of Java for OS X. If you have Oracle's Java 7 installed, aka Java 1.7, you might as well uninstall it and instead install this update from Apple. All other versions of Java currently have zero-day security holes that allow a malware rat to install infecting Java applets on a website that will drive-by infect Macs that visit the website. The infection requires NO user interaction at all. This is very much like a virus infection. Once a Mac is infected, the malware can bot/zombie the Mac and make it do anything the bot wrangler desires, including spewing spam, performing DDOS attacks, further infect other websites, download and install further malware, on and on. This past spring Java drive-by infection malware botted 600,000 Macs. Not a typo. This is the single worst Mac malware infection in history. Java is currently the least secure third party software for Mac, even worse than Adobe's crapware. The best approach regarding Java hereafter is to consider it dangerous when surfing the Internet. You can turn it OFF in your web browsers, depending upon whether you are at a website that requires Java or not. For general web browsing it is critical to keep Java OFF in case other drive-by security holes are discovered. You can also turn off Java entirely by using the Java Preferences app found in your Utilities folder. Just UNcheck its activity in the General tab. Note that this particular set of security holes does NOT affect the use of non-Internet applications at all. There are no known Trojan horses for Mac exploiting Java security holes at this time, only Internet Java applets. Therefore, there is no problem using Java at this time except when surfing the Internet. I hope that's helpful! I've written a couple articles about the current state of java at my Mac-Security blog: http://Mac-Security.blogspot.com
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Cowicide
13 June 2012
Version: 2012-004
Will this hinder running Java apps that don't run within web browsers in any way? For example, the Android SDK relies on Java to run.
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Macguruguy
13 June 2012
Version: 2012-004
SE 6? Shouldn't we be at SE 7 with the rest of the computer world? Running 7u6 developer on my mac. May be buggy, but probably not as risky as version 6.
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Professor2
13 June 2012
Version: 2012-004
This is a bad link. Link is to 003 update
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Castle-Rose
13 June 2012
Version: 2012-004
Works so far.
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Macinman
03 May 2012
Version: 2012-003
Do apps such as LibreOffice contain a java runtime in the app bundle ? I found out by accident that it runs without having a java runtime installed, I am wondering as os x becomes more like iOS if java apps will contain java in the app bundle, and if a separate java runtime will no longer be needed, sometime in the future.
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Edified
13 April 2012
Version: 2012-003
Finally! Java off by default in Safari. This should have been done ages ago. I haven't run into a single Java web app since 2006. IT should be treated like a plug-in, not an integral browser feature. Kudos to Apple for making the change. I have had Java disabled in Chrome for 2 years and haven't even noticed. Turning Java off by default is a great choice, other browsers should follow suit.
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Macguruguy
13 April 2012
Version: 2012-003
Everything installed smoothly. Package opens correctly this time...
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
13 April 2012
Version: 2012-003
As has apparently been the case for some time now, the MacUpdate link downloads an older version of Java than it's supposed to. After installing it Software Update still lists the 2012-003 version. If I download the Java update from the Apple Downloads page, however, I get the right version and SU no longer lists it. I don't know where MU is getting its Java links, but they need to get this straightened out - otherwise, people who think they have patched Java will still be exposed to the Flashback trojan. And this time it won't be Apple's fault.
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RunHomeSlow
12 April 2012
Version: 2012-003
Still that image problem!!! third time!! Used Software Update again worked :-(
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I(pod)mac
07 April 2012
Version: 2012-002
go to "/Applications/Utility" folder and launch "Java Preferences"; Software Update will run automatically and you'll get Apple Java for OS X Lion 2012-002.
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Mysticalos
06 April 2012
Version: 2012-002
Late afternoon now and still no stand alone. I don't like to use software update because i have multiple macs, I don't want to download the same thing multiple times, i want a nice stand alone .dmg i can use for mass deployment. I'm also in a very rural area where downloading multiple times means a lot of extra time (1M dsl connection). Very disapointing of apple.
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Mysticalos
06 April 2012
Version: 2012-002
Late afternoon now and still no stand alone. I don't like to use software update because i have multiple macs, I don't want to download the same thing multiple times, i want a nice stand alone .dmg i can use for mass deployment. I'm also in a very rural area where downloading multiple times means a lot of extra time (1M dsl connection). Very disapointing of apple.
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Tpet
06 April 2012
Version: 2012-002
The disk image still gives the "corrupt" warning. Updating via Software Update works fine.
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Pripyat
06 April 2012
Version: 2012-002
I sure hope that this update fixes the problems I've had with the Java Update released yesterday, which broke all my Mac OS X development tools, preventing me from submitting anything to the App Store. The only way of fixing that problem was to use Pacifist.app to get around the Mac OS X installer's "version check" and downgrade...
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Spudboy
06 April 2012
Version: 2012-002
Prevents Zumocast 1.4.4 desktop client from working properly.
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Tachyonflare
05 April 2012
Version: 2012-001
Used software update, smooth as ice.
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Aapple
05 April 2012
Version: 2012-001
Downloaded Lion update three times. Each time the dmg shows as corrupted when verifying. I wonder if Apple did not use the correct check-sum? Software update did not complain when using that method.
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Derekcurrie
04 April 2012
Version: 2012-001
INSTALL THIS UPDATE IMMEDIATELY. No excuses. Good: This CRUCIAL Java update patches an active exploit against Macs. Better a late update than never. Java is occasionally useful. Bad: Java is now one of the most INSECURE Internet technologies. If you don't use Java, TURN IT OFF! Oracle and Apple are NOT providing Mac Java updates in a timely manner. This Java update for Mac provides an update that Windows users have had for months. For over a week, there has been an active malware exploit against Mac users with the unpatched version of Java. It is terrific that Apple jumped on this exploit so quickly. However, Apple users MUST be provided with Java patches at the same time as Windows users. Delaying Java patches for Mac users is NOT acceptable. I have verified that the direct download file, at least the current version from Apple, FAILs the Mac OS X 10.7 fsck check during file verification. This is evident in the Console. This is BAD. The resulting installer file will run, but I cannot vouch for the results. Therefore, the BEST way to install it is from Software Update. You will find it under your Mac's Apple menu. This installation works perfectly. Now for my rant: Java has become a BANE of the Internet. I have turned it OFF. I am sick of the recent Java exploits against Mac users. I don't deal with it. I suggest you turn Java OFF as well, unless you use it regularly. HOW TO TURN OFF JAVA: If you use multiple web browsers (I use six) then the best and simplest way to turn Java OFF is via the Java Preferences app found in your Mac's Utilities folder. Follow these steps: 1) Open the Java Preferences app. 2) Under the 'General' tab, check OFF "Enable applet plug-in and Web Start applications". 3) Quit the Java Preferences app. 4) VERIFY IT'S OFF: Open the Java Preferences app, again. Verify that the "Enable..." checkbox remains OFF. If you find it on again, check the damned thing OFF again. Quit Java Preferences. Verify AGAIN as required. I add this VERIFY step because I personally have seen this checkbox turn on again. If you want to be extra-special certain the box doesn't turn on again, you can go down to the box under the 'General' tab and turn OFF both 64 and 32-bit "Java SE 6", then turn off "Enable". That definitely does the trick. My #2 Rant: SHAME ON ORACLE. That company has RUINED OpenOffice. The LibreOffice branch is now off and running and far superior, leaving the source OpenOffice project irrelevant. Oracle has been just as obtuse with Java, which is now a DETRIMENT to the Internet. Maybe Java will be made open source, at long last. That would help. Perhaps great developers like those on the LibreOffice team will grab it and make Java seriously great. Until then, BEWARE OF JAVA. I fully expect more Java exploit malware to come. (o_0)
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Albabe
04 April 2012
Version: 2012-001
Just out of curiosity... (Seriously... I'm not trying to be funny at all). Is there a reason why one Posting is "Apple Java for OS X Lion 2012-001" and the other is "Apple Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 7." One is the OS Number, the other is the catchy name (like "Lion."
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