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jollino
Jan 11, 2013, 05:40 AM
Hello all,
I need to run the occasional Java Applet and I was just greeted by a message in Safari informing me that my current version is outdated and needed to be updated. Sure enough, I clicked the handy button and downloaded jre-7u10-macosx-x64.dmg from Oracle.com, installed it, quit and restarted Safari... and got the same message. Tried disabling and re-enabling Java, same thing.

If I go to http://www.java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp I get a "blocked plug-in" message where the applet would be, and clicking that shows the very same message again.

Help > Installed Plug-ins shows a bunch of Java MIME types, as shown. 1.7.0u10 is there so I suppose it's loaded correctly.

Does anyone have the same problem, or can provide some insight about the issue please?

Thanks in advance :)



jbh1sr
Jan 11, 2013, 06:47 AM
I've experienced that same issue just this morning and have tried to uninstall / reinstall Java 7 update 10 several times as a solution to no avail.

Unfortunately, I'm at a loss and came across your posting as a means of trying to find a solution!

I suppose we may need to wait for an Apple update in order to disable the block which has apparently been embedded somewhere...which kinda sucks.

jollino
Jan 11, 2013, 06:50 AM
Oh great, just perfect. :(
This Java mess is ridiculous, just let me run an older version (or whatever it thinks it's an older version) at my own risk!

ajee
Jan 11, 2013, 08:26 AM
I can certainly help with the situation. The blocked plugin happens frequently due to various reasons including the security threats.

Majorgeeks has also reported the threat, and Apple therefore blocked the plugin.

PM me, if you need help!

jk1002
Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 AM
This is ridiculous. I am using my Mac for work.

This morning my VPN stopped working over this.

Hello Apple, wake the EFF up. You can't just block things leaving business users stranded.

ajovanov
Jan 11, 2013, 11:04 AM
so far the only fix is to use version 6
Apple Support Communities have instructions,

my new mac mini cannot run Java Applets

Apple support links

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4695128?tstart=0

this is how to use version 6
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5559

I have not try this
I am now using a 3 year old MacBook Pro, with old software

gcortes
Jan 11, 2013, 11:21 AM
And I thought it was using my new Mac Mini after running Migration Assistant that resulted in the error. I have the exact same problem. I only need Java to play Sudoku in the New York Times so I play it in Firefox.

jollino
Jan 11, 2013, 11:31 AM
Good to know I'm not the only one addicted to Sudoku, though I play that on my iPhone... :P

3lite
Jan 11, 2013, 12:08 PM
I can't even in stall Java.

I have a question though, I am on 10.8(obviously) but I still have the "Java preferences" icon in launch pad. When I click it, however, nothing shows up.

I don't have any java icons under "other" in system preferences. I also can't install any Java as it keeps saying "installer quit unexpectedly."

Anyone know what the problem is?

ajovanov
Jan 11, 2013, 12:41 PM
http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/11/apple-blocks-java-7-on-os-x-to-address-widespread-security-threat/

ajovanov
Jan 11, 2013, 03:30 PM
I disabled safe download list and edited the list file

System Preferences -> Security & privacy -> General
unlock the padlock

click on Advanced button

uncheck automatically update safe downloads

click ok

open terminal

cd /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources

you have to be root user now

cp XProtect.meta.plist XProtect.meta.plist.BAK

vi XProtect.meta.plist

change

<string>1.7.10.19</string>


to some lower numbers

in my case

<string>1.7.6.19</string>

now java will work, but your machine will be unsecure

3lite
Jan 11, 2013, 04:21 PM
I disabled safe download list and edited the list file

System Preferences -> Security & privacy -> General
unlock the padlock

click on Advanced button

uncheck automatically update safe downloads

click ok

open terminal

cd /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources

you have to be root user now

cp XProtect.meta.plist XProtect.meta.plist.BAK

vi XProtect.meta.plist

change

<string>1.7.10.19</string>


to some lower numbers

in my case

<string>1.7.6.19</string>

now java will work, but your machine will be unsecure

This for Java 6? Is Java 6 still safe?

dyn
Jan 11, 2013, 05:03 PM
Another option is to use Firefox. Firefox will block the plugin by default but when opening a page that wants to use the plugin you will receive a message that the plugin has been blocked along with the option to unblock it for that specific page. This feature has been introduced in Firefox 17 btw. This is how it should work for other browsers too. You can now still use the plugin for websites that you trust, say websites from your employer or your own and only for that time you are using those sites. Good trade off I'd say.

ajee
Jan 11, 2013, 09:23 PM
There is another option to use the secure Java Versions which has been updated to protect from the security threats not available online.

Running it in firefox will help you to run java but not saving from security threats.

rpramanik
Jan 11, 2013, 10:03 PM
This is ridiculous. I am using my Mac for work.

This morning my VPN stopped working over this.

Hello Apple, wake the EFF up. You can't just block things leaving business users stranded.

Yeah same problem for me, couldn't do vpn... but via firefox and chrome it worked.... now citrix isn't working, but does on my MBPr via parallels...

ajee
Jan 11, 2013, 11:43 PM
Yeah same problem for me, couldn't do vpn... but via firefox and chrome it worked.... now citrix isn't working, but does on my MBPr via parallels...

If you need any help then you can contact me .. PM me, and i can fix that Java issue

scarred
Jan 12, 2013, 10:18 AM
This is ridiculous. I am using my Mac for work.

This morning my VPN stopped working over this.

Hello Apple, wake the EFF up. You can't just block things leaving business users stranded.

What would you suggest they do? The new exploit in the wild is pretty bad. As it stands, the average Joe Java user can get silently compromised just by wandering around the web. Goto the wrong web page with Java installed and you are screwed. No warnings, no dialogs, nothing.

I for one, am happy that Apple is taking care of people like my parents. In the past I'd have to go secure them, now Apple handles it.

jollino
Jan 12, 2013, 10:20 AM
What would you suggest they do? The new exploit in the wild is pretty bad. As it stands, the average Joe Java user can get silently compromised just by wandering around the web. Goto the wrong web page with Java installed and you are screwed. No warnings, no dialogs, nothing.

I for one, am happy that Apple is taking care of people like my parents. In the past I'd have to go secure them, now Apple handles it.

It is a good approach, but how about a message such as the "if you go to this page it may harm your computer, are you really sure?" that we do get, which offers the chance to bypass it if you know what you're doing?

scarred
Jan 12, 2013, 01:47 PM
It is a good approach, but how about a message such as the "if you go to this page it may harm your computer, are you really sure?" that we do get, which offers the chance to bypass it if you know what you're doing?

Unfortunately most people just click through those dialogs. :(

If this wasn't a zero day issue... if Oracle got ahead of the problem, Apple would have flipped their switch, everyone would have upgraded, and done. As it stands, Oracle is saying Tuesday for the patch.

jollino
Jan 12, 2013, 02:36 PM
Unfortunately most people just click through those dialogs. :(

If this wasn't a zero day issue... if Oracle got ahead of the problem, Apple would have flipped their switch, everyone would have upgraded, and done. As it stands, Oracle is saying Tuesday for the patch.

Well, let's hope this doesn't turn into "I'm sure it's this Tuesday!" dance like it was for the iMacs... ;)

ajee
Jan 12, 2013, 02:54 PM
This is not only with the MAC. Mozilla is currently blocking the Java to windows users as well. Chrome still not blocking but might block certainly...

Avatarshark
Jan 14, 2013, 04:24 PM
Problem is fixed. Download the new update.