2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2013 1:31 PM by Meg H
Meg H Level 1 (0 points)

So, there's a lot of this going on today.  I'm on OS X 10.6.8 and still running Java 6, but getting the inactive plug in screen and nothing coming up in the software updates.  I've removed it an reinstalled it, but it's still a no go.


SO I think I may just be in trouble here.  I need to remove the infamous xprotect.meta.plist file which has blocked java (I know it's unsafe software, but I'm REALLY NOT HAPPY with Apple right now for doing this without warning.) BUT, for whatever reason I don't have the folder which should contain it, nor does the file come up in a search.


Any suggestions? Or should I leave this to the guys and gals in the genius bar??

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,755 points)

    Any attempt to circumvent the protection offered by xprotect is very foolhardy.




    Apple has barred Java from running on Macs, leaving companies that rely on Java plug-ins out in the cold.

    Apple blocked Java 7 Update 11 by adding it to the banned list in XProtect.

    This is the second time in two weeks that Apple has blocked Oracle's code from running on Macs. 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 has apparently decided it's safer to block Java entirely.

    Macs running OS X Snow Leopard and beyond are affected.

  • Meg H Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah.  I get the political/marketing/pirating drama.  I get it, I understand why apple blocked Java, but the whole situation is a bunch of horse ****.  I've read the other threads and this post makes perfect sense, but at the end of the day I have stuff that needs to get done but I can't.  And I am just one student who can't access a homework assignment.  There are entire schools and companies who rely on this software. 

    The Apple/Oracle/Java team needs to come together and FIX THIS IMMEDIATELY.