Oracle Releases Java 7 Update 13 to Address Security Issues, Reenable Web Plug-in on OS X

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Less than two days after Apple once again blocked Java 7 web plug-ins on OS X, Oracle has released an updated version of Java 7 to address certain security vulnerabilities.

    The new Java 7 arrives as Update 13 and carries a version number of 1.7.0_13-b20, meeting Apple's requirement for a minimum of 1.7.0_11-b22. Oracle has also released an updated version of Java 6, although Apple was not blocking the previous version of the plug-in.

    Oracle notes that the new update contains fixes for over 50 issues and that the launch was accelerated by several weeks in order to address a vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild.
    The latest versions of all Java SE packages are available through Oracle's support site.

    (Thanks, Flemming!)

    Article Link: Oracle Releases Java 7 Update 13 to Address Security Issues, Reenable Web Plug-in on OS X
  2. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
  3. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    Are we good, for real this time?
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    I want a new Java 6 from Apple.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    It's Java updates all the way down.
  6. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Great :)
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    This is a complete no0b question and feel free to pay me out, but how do I know if I have Java installed on my OS?
  8. FloatingBones, Feb 1, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2013

    macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    At least Oracle doesn't bundle deceptive spam-ware with their Mac updates like they do with their PC updates.
  9. macrumors 68020

    May 20, 2011
    I give it 24 hours before a new flaw is found and Apple blocks it again.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    I just tried by opening a Terminal window (Applications -> Utilities) and typed "java -v". It'll display the Java version if installed. At this point, OS X actually showed a window saying "Java Runtime 6 is not installed. Do you want to install it?", at which point I clicked NO NOOO.

    Edit: Ah right. "Undecided"'s reply above is a better than mine to check for Java installed as an actual browser plugin.
  11. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Well cool. Maybe Apple will release 10.8.3 now.

  12. macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2012
    Be amusing reading the people that have to disable it again. When did Java have a good record?
  13. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2010
    American in Pisa (Italy)
    Updated it, but I still have it off.

    I have it if I need it, but with all the multiple problems, plus after the 1st problem that Apple blocked, Java had NOTHING on their website about potential problems, so I'm not sure if I can trust Java.
  14. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I spoke with Apple about this very question. If you are running an OS X version 10.7 or earlier, you check in your Applications folder. If you have it installed, it will show up there.

    If you are running 10.8, open the System Preferences window. If you have Java, it will show up at the bottom of the window (5 lines down), under "Other".

    Also, you can make sure it's not enabled, whether you have it or not, by going into Safari Preference > Security, and make sure "Enable Java" is Unchecked.
  15. macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    We are never, ever getting back together, Java. :mad:
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    At least I can use a Mac to do 99% of my work making a Java-based hybrid web app with a J2EE backend and Mac/iOS client front end. Using the Java-based Eclipse on a Mac is a good thing, otherwise I'd have to use the crappy WinXP (yes, XP) company laptops to get some of my work done. Yuck.
  17. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    The official Java test will verify whether it's working or not. Shrink's post above will help determine whether you actually have it installed in the first place.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    In an ethereal plane of existence.
    See, here's the problem. Clearly Apple knows when these patches are going to be released otherwise they wouldn't know what version it's going to be or when to block the old version. Problem is, they have to stop preempting Oracle. There is an order to things in life Apple, this isn't it.
  19. macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2012
    I spent all morning fixing this and right when I fixed it apple releases an update :mad:

  20. macrumors P6

    Oct 17, 2011
    There's nothing clear about that kind of a theory. Apple blocks it when it feels there's enough justification out there for it to be a threat. They simply block the highest version that is available and have no clue what the next released version will be, but anything higher than the highest version at the time of blocking will supersede the block and work. Fairly straightforward and completely doesn't involve any prior knowledge of anything at all.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2005
    So, uh, someone blew away my response..... :confused:
  22. macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2011
    "Oracle has also released an updated version of Java 6, although Apple was not blocking the previous version of the plug-in. "

    This is from the XProtect.meta.plist file:


    Safari in our Snow Leopard clients are showing the JRE plug-in as inactive (even though it's enabled in Java prefs and Safari's security prefs). Unfortunately OS X 10.6 can only run Java 1.6 which is dependent on being updated from Apple. Here's hoping there's a quick approval.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2011
    It's not you Java it's me.....I'm seeing someone else. No, don't cry. HTML 5 really understand me.....
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2004
    Why? You can easily update from the Java preference panel. No hassles.


    Apple didn't release it, Oracle did. If you don't know how it works then don't install it.
  25. macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    Do we get informed to update java 6? I think I as prompted to install a java runtime and mountain lion grabbed their java 6 b

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