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Mar 27, 2013 4:33 AM

Hi. My system is updated (Mac OS X version 10.6.8) but I can not use Java.

I have enabled "applet plug-in...." in Java preferences - and have seen this

message on the Java site:


Java for Mac

Check your version of Mac OS X. » How do I find my Mac OS X version?

Mac OS X Version 10.6 and below

Use Software Update available on the Apple menu to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java 6 for your Mac. Java 7 is not supported by these older versions of Mac OS X. If you have problems with Java 6, contact Apple Technical Support. does not provide a download for these systems.

Mac OS X Version 10.7.3 (Lion) or newer

Java 7 can run on your Mac. Java 7 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.3 (Lion) or later and administrator privileges for installation.
» Information about installing and using Java 7 on Mac

- so must I contact Apple technical support - Java does not supply download for my system?  Am very confused.


Hope somebody can help



imac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), iphone 3gs
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,410 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 5:59 AM (in response to jeschaz)

    Apple barred Java from running on Macs in order to safeguard users by blocking Java 7 Update 11 and adding it to the banned list in XProtect.

    This was the second time in two weeks that Apple had blocked Oracle's code from running on Macs. The threat was so serious that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had recommended that all Java 7 users disable or uninstall the software until a patch was issued. This time Java is blocked through Apple's XProtect anti-malware feature.

    Java has come under fire as the means by which hackers have been able to gain control of computers. In April 2012 more than 600,000 Macs were reported to have been infected with a Flashback Trojan horse that was being installed on people's computers with the help of Java exploits. Then in August Macs were again at risk due to a flaw in Java, this time around, there was good news for Mac users: Thanks to changes Apple has made, most of us were safe from the threat.


    Unwilling to leave its customers open to potential threats Apple decided it's safer to block Java entirely.

    In order to block older versions of Flash, Apple has updated its "Xprotect.plist" file so that any versions that come before the current one (version 11.6.602.171) cannot be used on a Mac. Users who have older versions of Flash installed will be greeted with an alert that says "Blocked plug-in," and Safari will prompt the user to update to a newer version.

    Macs running OS X Snow Leopard and beyond are affected.


    UPDATE for those running Lion or Mountain Lion:

    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.


    Update for Snow Leopard users:


    Apple issued update 12 for Java for OS 10.6:



    Note:  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.


    If, after installing Java for OS X 2013-002 and the latest version of Java 7 from Oracle, you want to disable Java 7 and re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 web plug-in and Web Start functionality, follow these steps:

    Further update:


    Apple issued this Java related security update No. 13 on February 19:



    and Update No. 14 on March 4:



    You should also read this:



    The standard recommendation is for users to turn off Java except when they have to use it on known and trusted websites (like their bank). Javascript, which is unrelated despite the name, can be left on.


    Further useful comment in this article:



    However, if you need the Jave 6 JRE and plug-in:

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 12:59 PM (in response to jeschaz)

    jeschaz wrote:


    1.if I use the first link you have pasted (under your heading: update for snow leopard users) - i can download Java - (but as my latest Java is version 1.6.0-43-b01-447 - the new update will not automatically run Java applets etc etc,but i can reactivate this in Java preferences if needed?)

    You have the latest update and do not need to download anything else, at least for today.


    Open the Java Preferences app (found in /Applications/Utilities/) and toggle the top box (un-check then re-check it).


    No go to your browser preferences and enable Java there and it should work OK. You can test it at .


    As soon as you have finished using Java at any trusted site that you must visit, go back into the preferences and disable Java (not JavaScript) or you chance being one of the first to discover the next Java vulnerability. write: "however, if you need the Java 6 JRE and plug-in..." - I dont know if I need this - I would just like to be able to access my trusted websites....

    You only need that with OS X 10.7.3 and above if you installed Java SE 7 from Oracle, which, as you already know, you cannot do.


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