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How to tell which apps use Java?

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  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,540 points)
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    Apr 7, 2012 1:34 PM (in response to MacinNW_Brent)

    Works for me. You have to select the whole line. It scrolls off to the right.

  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
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    Apr 7, 2012 1:42 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Does this mean that the forum uses Java, as in Converse Ruby?

     

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  • njun Calculating status...
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    Apr 8, 2012 12:38 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Neither of the suggested terminal commands work for me and I know that I have some applications that use Java. I get either 'unmatched' or 'no match'.  I'm running Leopard 10.5.8 on an old G-4. Is there a command that will work for this system?

  • njun Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 8, 2012 5:21 PM (in response to MacinNW_Brent)

    I've copied and pasted exactly what was posted into Terminal and I get find: no match. I've even tried it other directories with the same results. Do I need to be an administrative user to use these commands?

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,930 points)
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    Apr 8, 2012 7:21 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Perhaps you are forgetting that MacDefender was most commonly downloaded through what appeared to be legit images in Google Images - a legit site.  Sites can be compromised to carry unintended content.  All it would take is a malicious ad or SEO exploit, plus an unpatched version of Java, and the user may have malicious code executing on their system without ever knowing it.  Even if you believe that a novice user can always reliably tell what sites are trustworthy, you can't predict what trustworthy sites may be compromised to help spred this malware.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Apr 9, 2012 8:50 AM (in response to MacinNW_Brent)

    From what I have determined via all the chatter about

    this malware/trojan is that a simple solution is to turn

    off Java in the web browser.  Without Java enabled,

    the malicious site cannot executed the download.

    If sites you visit require Java then:

    a.  Install the Java update

    b.  To be as safe as possible, only enable Java

          when visiting "trusted" web sites. 

     

    I suggest "b" because the creators of  such trojans/malware

    will sooner or later find yet another workaround.

     

    Normal applications on the Mac that require Java

    (Adobe Suite, Eclipse developer tools, etc.) can still

    happily run as they should.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    Apr 10, 2012 3:33 AM (in response to njun)

    njun wrote:

     

    Neither of the suggested terminal commands work for me and I know that I have some applications that use Java. I get either 'unmatched' or 'no match'.  I'm running Leopard 10.5.8 on an old G-4. Is there a command that will work for this system?

    Make sure you are using bash as your shell and not something else like tcsh. If you have a "% " prompt and it says "tcsh" or "csh" in the title bar of the window, then type "bash" to get the "$ " prompt and it should work.

     

    Bash has been the default shell since OS X 10.3, but if you upgraded to 10.3 then it left you with your previous choice. The default can be permanently changed in Terminal Preferences, probably by selecting the Login option, or by entering /bin/bash in the lower box.

  • njun Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 10, 2012 6:36 PM (in response to MadMacs0)

    Someone last night suggested I run Terminal in bash which I did and the commands work as they should. Thanks for everyone's help.

  • Agent Elrond Calculating status...
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    Jan 12, 2013 9:33 AM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Thanks for the command; nice, clean output. After hearing about the latest Java vulnerability, I was interested in finding out whether I had any potentially vulnerable apps on my Mac OS X 10.8.2 install; fortunately, the only one I found (that I don't use anyway) was:

     

    /Applications/Adobe Elements 9 Organizer.app

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