Java Confusion and Frustration

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by canyonlight, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2011
    I have twice tried to install the Java for OS X 2013-003 1.0 update to my early 2013 rMBP running OS X 10.8.3.

    On both occasions after the update install a flashing window starts appearing asking if I wand to allow "java" to accept incoming network connections. The window flashes off so fast that neither button can be clicked.

    On both occasions the only way I could stop this behavior was to restore the computer to the state where it was prior to the attempted update install using SuperDuper and a backup.

    Does anybody understand what is going on and how it may be resolved?

  2. macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2012
    I had the same problem using SPSS 21 (an app that requires java) on OS X 10.8. I blocked all incoming network connections in the firewall settings, and the message does not appear anymore.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Look in System Preferences > Security > FireWall > FireWall Options.

    There you will find a list of processes that have been granted or denied access. If Java is there, you can amend the setting. If not, add it.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2011
    My Java Illiteracy

    I have looked in the Firewall Options as you suggested. Java is not there. How do I add it?
  5. macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    AK, USA
    In Firewall Options click on the + button. Navigate to Applications > Utilities then choose Java Preferences. Click the Add then the OK button.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    I would install the Java 7u21 from Oracle. If you get the JDK, it will install the plugin and JRE/JDK. Works well on my machine.
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2011
    Thus the Java Confusion

    Elbert C, thanks for the reply, but when I click the + button in Firewalls and then navigate to Applications>Utilities, there is no Java or Java Preferences??


    stchman, thank you for the recommendation, but this part of my total bamfuzzlement with Java.

    What is Java 7u21? And why do I need it from Oracle vs. Apple? What is the JDK? And why do I need the plugin and the JRE/JDK?

    Is there a "Java and Mountain Lion for Dummies" somewhere that would help this mere mortal?

  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2008
    me too... :( :( :(

    Even i had the same issue. same messages and even more

    i had no issues. but right now , after the updates last week, finder frequently crashes.

    seems like its the update that caused it.. not sure what to do ..
    anyone ??

  9. macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2006
    I'm seeing the same problem. I have added "java" to the firewall. The messages appear in the console about 2 or three times per minute.


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