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Java plug-in no longer works!

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aroundme74 Calculating status...
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Feb 1, 2013 3:13 PM

Greetings to everyone


I suddenly have had problems with Java plug-in  connecting to a  web site for playing chess.

There is a message in the middle of the page when I try to log in: "plug-in not working".

Click on this message the software update starts to check for new release.

Obviously my mac is perfectly updated and Java is installed.

I was able to log in till yesterday.

What can I do to fix the issue?


Thank you

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,365 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 3:13 PM (in response to aroundme74)


    Oracle on Friday February 1 released a new version reportedly addressing vulnerabilities seen with the last build.

    Apple disabled Java 7 through the OS X XProtect anti-malware system, requiring users to have at least version "1.7.0_10-b19" installed on their Macs. The release dated February 1 carries the designation "1.7.0_13-b20," meeting Apple's requirements.


    Oracle "strongly recommends" applying the CPU fixes as soon as possible, saying that the latest Critical Patch Update contains 50 new security fixes across all Jave SE products.

  • Durandal1717 Calculating status...
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    Feb 1, 2013 4:01 PM (in response to Klaus1)

    I too am running 10.6.8 and can not install this latest update without Lion, which is something I can not afford simply to get java working..... Is there any fix for those of us below 10.7.3?

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 4:03 PM (in response to aroundme74)

    Run Software Update.

  • Durandal1717 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 4:10 PM (in response to Lanny)

    Yeah, I tried that and nothing....I'm up to date on everything. Is there ANY workaround for those not fortunate enough to have Lion installed?

  • Michael Wineke Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 4:34 PM (in response to Durandal1717)

    Bear in mind that overriding the block leaves your machine and the data therein exposed to attack without your knowledge or consent.


    Got any sensitive info on there? I'm sure your contacts won't mind having various spam, fishing attempts, phone calls, etc. directed at them.


    Anyhoo, who needs money?


    Having said that:

  • Durandal1717 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 4:56 PM (in response to Michael Wineke)

    Indeed who needs money, and I require java to work in order to continue receiving a paycheck.....when Apple decides to finally release a patch for Snow Leopard I'll gladly update but until then I'll take the lesser of two evils....

  • Michael Wineke Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 5:05 PM (in response to Durandal1717)

    But in fact, Java does still work. The Java Plugin does not.


    If you feel the risks to your business are acceptable to you (and your contacts) then by all means, override the lockout.


    Perhaps you need to raise your rates.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 5:51 PM (in response to aroundme74)

    Java 7 updated  for 10.7-10.8


    Released Feb 1, 2013,  fixes 50+ security flaws


    Download and install



    For Java versions 6 and below OS X 10.5-10.6 machines

    Apple supplies their own version of Java. For Mac OS X 10.6 and below, use the Software Update feature available under the Apple menu to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java 6 for your Mac.


    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates
    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. We highly recommend downloading and installing Java 7.



    If your considering upgrading OS X from 10.6.8 to 10.8 via AppStore to run Java 7


    Be forewarned no PowerPC based programs or driver software will run any longer.


    Check here BEFORE you upgrade OS X!




    Alternatives if you must run Java 7


    If Apple disabled Java 6 in 10.6, and you can't upgrade OS X to 10.8, then your pretty much done with Java in OS X because Oracle won't issue updates for Java 6 anymore.
    However you can install Windows 7 and continue to use Java 7+ there until support for Windows 7 ends in 2020.

    Windows in BootCamp or Virtual Machine?


    If your on 10.6, I very highly recommend the free Virtualbox for the virtual machine software as it gets updates, VMFusion and Parallels have moved on with only 10.7+

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 8:51 PM (in response to aroundme74)

    Check Software Update...

    APPLE-SA-2013-02-01-1 Java for Mac OS X v10.6 Update 12


    Java for Mac OS X v10.6 Update 12 is now available and addresses the




    Available for:  Mac OS X v10.6.8, Mac OS X Server v10.6.8

    Impact:  Multiple vulnerabilities in Java 1.6.0_37

    Description:  Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Java 1.6.0_37, the most serious of which may allow an untrusted Java applet to execute arbitrary code outside the Java sandbox. Visiting a web page containing a maliciously crafted untrusted Java applet may lead to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the current user.

    These issues are addressed by updating to Java version 1.6.0_39.

    Further information is available via the Java website at

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 4:38 AM (in response to aroundme74)

    Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_39. (released Febuary 2, 2013)


    On systems that have not already installed Java for Mac OS X 10.6 update 9 or later, this update will configure web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled "Inactive plug-in" on a web page. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.


    Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.


    See for more details about this update.


    See for information about the security content of this update.


    Java 6 users on 10.6.8, Oracle has moved on with Java 7 on OS X 10.7-10.8, thus will be ending support for Java 6 in Febuary 2013.


    Apple is providing a method that disables Java web browser applets from running if they are not being used, it's not a replacement for a secure Java.


    Websites that use Java 6 will move on to Java 7 and thus those on OS X 10.6.8 will be left behind from running Java any further unless they upgrade OS X to 10.8.


    Upgrading to OS X 10.8 will incur some penatly, as older PowerPC based software running in Rosetta will no longer function.



    Also OS x 10.8 has a minimal RAM requirement of 2GB, which 4GB is highly recommended.


    Some Intel Mac's cannot be upgraded to OS X 10.8 for other reasons, check your compatability for 10.8


    If one cannot upgrade 10.6.8 to 10.8 (or doesn't want to), and one requires to run Java 7 on websites, then purchasing Windows 7 and installing it into Apple's BootCamp or the free VirtualBox virtual machine software and 4GB of RAM is recommended.


    Windows in BootCamp or Virtual Machine?


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