Apple Blocks Java…Again


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Apple has once again remotely disabled the Java 7 plugin for web browsers, due to another security issue. The company has utilized the anti-malware functionality within OS X known as XProtect which allow the company to add versions of Java to a blacklist that matches any versions with a security vulnerability (via MacGeneration). In order to protect users, Apple simply changes the permitted version number for the Java plugin to an unreleased version which prevents previous versions of plugins from being used.

As before, it’s likely that the company behind the Java plugin, Oracle, will be working to release an update that fixes the security vulnerability. Once they do so, an update will be released and will be permitted under the blacklisting rules.

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