Apple discontinues Java plug-in support for Mac OS X

Apple has now discontinued the Java plug-in for Mac OS X. This update does NOT remove Java from your Mac OS X system, if you have it installed – only the Java browser plug-in. Up until recently Apple was responsible for patching Java, mainly because Oracle (the developers behind Java) didn’t have a good history when it came to patching known Java exploits. Anyone remember the Blackhole exploit kit? Also, in some instances the patches themselves had even more security bugs – hence Apple wanting control on Java patch releases.

If you have applied the Java for OS X 2012-006 Version 1.0 update you will have noticed that websites that use Java are now displaying a “Missing Plug-in” notification. Apple Support states that this update is for OS X 10.7 and later versions. The update removes Mac-based browsers of the Java plug-in while also removing the Java Preferences application. Java Preferences is no longer required as the update removes the Java applet setting configuration.

If you don’t see this update, then run > Software Update. You can also check what updates have been installed > System Preferences > Installed Software

Alternatively, if you don’t want to use Java for security reasons, then here are some simple tips – How to uninstall/remove Java: (using popular browsers)

  • Uninstall Java or disable the Java browser plugins on Safari and Firefox
  • Disable Java in Chrome – copy and paste chrome://plugins/ into the browser bar > hit ‘Return’ and scroll down to Java plugin and click > Disable
  • Disable Java in Opera – configure plug-ins to only execute on demand by selecting Opera > Settings -> Preferences… > Advanced > Enable plug-ins only on demand
  • Disable Java in Internet Explorer – Tools > Manage add-ons > Scroll down in the right window until you find the two plug-ins: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper and Java(tm) Plug-In SSV Helper > click on one of the above and click ‘Disable’. Both plug-ins should now be disabled. Note: Where it says “Show” click on the drop down and choose > All add-ons – otherwise you will be unable to see ALL add ons
  • Use a second browser for say banking or financial websites that use Java (not your primary browser)

For further information on a recent Mac OS X Java exploit, why not check out my last post Latest Apple Mac OS X Java update doesn’t fix exploit.

Safe surfing folks!

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2 Responses to Apple discontinues Java plug-in support for Mac OS X

  1. Tim says:

    Thanks for the post. Have been trying to find the setting for Chrome and other guides are old or for Windows and the screens tabs they talk about don’t exist in the current Mac version of Chrome.

    So thanks for taking the time to post like you did.

    Cheers Tim…

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