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skinnerpdx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 12, 2013 3:40 PM

How much is running Java a risk with  mountain Lion? Do I need to remove it?

I have a couple of remote work platforms that require it for me to log in

 

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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,420 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to skinnerpdx)

    The newly discovered zero-day flaw in Java 7 is so serious that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned users to disable or uninstall it, and Apple has disabled the Java 7 plugin on Macs through its OS X anti-malware system, in order to protect users from a potentially serious security issue.


    You should disable Java (if not already done) until either the US Department of Homeland Security, or Oracle, declare it safe and Apple restore the facility. Javascript should not be disabled (it has nothing to do with Java).

     

     

    However, if you need the Jave 6 JRE and plug-in, MadMAC0 has posted at

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/20107182?ac_cid=tw123456#20107182

    Apple has also posted (Oct 22/12) the approved solution for restoring the Java 6 plug-in:

     

    Java for OS X 2012-006: How to re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 applet plug-in and Web Start functionality.


  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,920 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 4:08 PM (in response to skinnerpdx)

    Java is generally not to be trusted. If you must use it for a specific task, close all browser windows and tabs except the one you're working in, then enable Java and reload the page. When the task is complete, disable Java. Don't leave it on all the time.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Jan 13, 2013 1:22 AM (in response to skinnerpdx)

    skinnerpdx wrote:

     

    How much is running Java a risk with  mountain Lion? Do I need to remove it?

    I have a couple of remote work platforms that require it for me to log in

    You don't need to do anything right now. Both Apple and Google have totally disabled it in their browsers until Oracle can come out with a patch and there is no telling when that might be.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)
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    Jan 13, 2013 2:25 PM (in response to skinnerpdx)

    Just saw that Oracle's released update 7u11 which fixes the exploit.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2

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