Apple Blacklists Java on OS X

By David Radd

Posted January 17, 2013

Apple announced that it has blacklisted the latest version of the Java browser plugin to protect Mac users from the latest exploits. OS X now requires a new as-yet unreleased version of the Java plugin which is expected to patch a flaw that resulted from an incomplete patch added to Java last year.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) issued a warning that Java should be disabled in browsers until a patch is released by Oracle. After a series of attacks using Java last year, Apple has looked to increase the security of OS X by distancing itself from Java by deprecating its own version of Java in 2010 and removing the browser plugin from default installs of OS X last October.



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