Apple Releases Java Updates for OS X, Including Malware Removal Tool

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has released updated versions of Java for OS X, following a prominent hacking of Apple employees' Macs, plus the remote blocking of the Java plugin due to security vulnerabilities.

    This is the standard quarterly update of Java 6 that Apple distributes, while customers looking for Java 7 should download straight from Oracle.

    The update includes the malware removal tool mentioned earlier that will "remove the most common variants of malware". If malware is found, the user is notified -- otherwise, no notification is made.
    There are two download packages available through Apple's software download site, one for OS X Snow Leopard and the other for OS X Lion or Mountain Lion. They may also be downloaded through Software Update or the Mac App Store.

    Article Link: Apple Releases Java Updates for OS X, Including Malware Removal Tool
  2. ghostface147 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    They also updated iTunes to 11.0.2. This makes me wonder if the iTunes update patches one of the holes that evasi0n uses to jailbreak.
  3. todd2000 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2005
    Danville, VA
    I don't get it if I am running 10.8, and already have the latest version of Java from Oracle do I need this? Why is it showing up in Software Update?
  4. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    This was released as quickly as 10.8.3 *cough cough* ;)
  5. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    That... is interesting.

    If so, it may be worth not upgrading iTunes until you've jailbroken your iDevice on the latest iOS, then update. It would be interesting to hear what the evad3rs have to say..

    Perhaps a thread spin-off?

  6. CptSky macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2013
    Type "java -version" in Terminal. Although Java is now shipped by Oracle, Apple may support updates for security purpose.

    Except if you have Java 7, I doubt you'll have the latest version of Java 6 already.
  7. CrazyForApple macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
  8. scottwaugh macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    Wow, I just noticed (last week?) that my Snow Leopard machine had the update to 6_39 (the big recent Java patch), so this is definitely something new.

    Nice to see Apple keeping the 6 updates coming so those machines that can't go on to Lion can still have updated VM's.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2006
    I'm surprised Apple is still offering Java updates for Snow Leopard. Usually their policy is supporting the most recent 2 OS versions only and Leopard didn't get Java updates this long once Lion was released. Works out for me anyways since one of my older Macs still runs Snow Leopard. Too bad they don't offer full security updates to address other parts of the OS.
  10. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Didn't see that coming - now 10.8.3 PLEASE!!!
  11. todd2000 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2005
    Danville, VA
    I know I have Java 7 I downloaded it from Oracle

    Terminal says:

    java version "1.6.0_37"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_37-b06-434-11M3909)
    Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.12-b01-434, mixed mode)
  12. dweezle3 macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2010
    Java. Just Another Vulnerability Announcement.
  13. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Having multiple versions is confusing and maybe Oracle's version sits on top of Apple's. Unrelated to today's update, I did a fresh install of 10.8.2 on a new machine yesterday and tried to run a Java app, and it went to Software Update and automatically pulled down Apple's Java 6. Once that was installed, I tried to run the app again and it sent me to Oracle's site to download Java 7. I had previously thought that 6 and 7 were separate so I'm not sure why I had to download 6 in order to run an app in 7.
  14. CptSky macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2013
    Well, you have Java 6, which isn't updated, and probably installed Java 7 without activating it as the default JVM. So, as you have still Java 6, the Software Update is offering you the actual update. Plus, you must note that all Java applications will run under Java 6 if you don't change the settings.
  15. PinoyAko macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2012
    I am so happy about this update. My safari seems...... ooopssss.... never mind.
  16. nzalog macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2012
    Oracle should change the name of their Java product to Achilles.
  17. VanZan macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2011
    I may have exactly the same problem and get the exact same response in Terminal as todd2000. So I tried this link:

    How come I can't find 'Java Preferences' in the Utilities folder? Typing it in Spotlight won't help either.
  18. adder7712 macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2009
    I'm not sure if I'm behind the times but Oracle released a Java update on Windows that uninstalls all versions of Java 6 on Windows.
  19. codefuns macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2011
  20. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    I downloaded the update for Java 7 15. There is no need for Apple's right?
  21. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2011
    this doesnt show up if you dont have java right
  22. trustever macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    Same here, I have the 1.6.0_37, I have downloaded the one from the oracle website and run again the terminal app to check which version and still says as the above. What am I not getting?

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