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In the immortal words of Lando Calrissian, "This deal keeps getting worse all the time." Apple's recent Java update removes the Java 6-compatible web plugins from OS X, forcing users that need Java in the browser to move to Oracle's Java runtime, which is at version 7. From a security and suppo...

October 22nd 2012 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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We made mention of this last Tuesday night when the relevant software update hit, but apparently that level of attention wasn't adequate: scores of stories across the tech and conventional media are now trumpeting the fact that Apple has removed its homegrown browser plugin for Java from OS X with...

October 21st 2012 at 7:05pm 0 Comments
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There are some goodies in Software Update/the Mac App Store tonight: Apple has released the HP Printer Software Update 2.12, adding support for additional HP printers, and the Java for OS X 2012-006 1.0 update. The Java update implements a fairly important change in the ongoing transition fro...

October 16th 2012 at 11:00pm 0 Comments
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First the bad news: a rather serious zero-day exploit has been discovered in all currently-supported versions of Java. And yes, this sort of exploit can be used to hijack a machine. Now the good news: Apple stopped bundling Java back in 10.6, and this exploit is a proof-of-concept and has been...

September 27th 2012 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Developers have their work cut out. Even if we (impolitely) sidestep the likes of Windows Phone, BlackBerry and the rest, those coders often have to pitch their work across web, iOS and Android. Google's trying to make that job a little easier, introducing a new tool that automatically converts Ja...

September 17th 2012 at 10:54am 0 Comments
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Update: In the interest of quantifying the risk to the average Mac user from this exploit (which, please note, does not currently have a Mac-attack payload), I asked for some data from CrashPlan. Since the online/peer backup service requires Java, its userbase represents a good proxy for the Ja...

August 28th 2012 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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There's new Java-based Mac malware in the wild, but before you run screaming out the door to buy an antivirus app, read the rest of this post. The new malware, known as GetShell.A, requires you to approve the installation of a Java applet. OS X, being the polite operating system that it is, war...

July 11th 2012 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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After watching Judge Alsup strike down its patent and Java API infringement claims, Oracle seems to be cutting its losses, agreeing to accept $0 in damages from Google. Confused? So was the Judge, who reportedly responded to the proposal by asking, "is there a catch I need to be aware of?" No catc...

June 20th 2012 at 10:48pm 0 Comments