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Apple removes Java plug-in from OS X web browsers

A reaction to the Flashback Trojan
Fri Oct 19 2012, 14:18
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COMPUTER DESIGNER Apple has removed its own Java plugin from all Mac web browsers.

The removal is in a new update that removes plug-ins provided by Apple for Java 6 and earlier and forces users who need the Java runtime software to go out of their way to download Oracle's version independently.

"This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all Web browsers," Apple said in a support document.

The update is aimed at Apple's Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion operating systems and once applied will give users visiting websites that require Java a message saying "missing plug-in".

Apple's Java update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard doesn't remove the Java runtime software, but does something different.

"On systems that have not already installed Java for Mac OS X 10.6 update 9 or later, this update will configure Web browsers to not automatically run Java applets," Apple said.

The updates follow Apple's decision to stop preinstalling the Java plug-in on its Mac computers.

Apple hasn't made it clear why it is pushing Java further out of its systems, however, the move apparently is Apple's reaction to the Flashback Trojan that infected thousands of vulnerable Macs back in April. µ


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