Prev 1 2 3. First Prev 3 of 3 Go to page. Sep 15, 1 0. ArmchairDeity macrumors newbie. Oct 19, 5 0. Oct 6, 1 0 Hawaii. Aloha, I am lost with java on El Captain! I have installed "jdk-8umacosx-x This is the first time that I have had a issue with java on the mac OS X platform. Did you find a solution to your issue? Do you have any advice for me?
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Fortunately, the problem is easily fixed. A little background is important in understanding why these changes have been made. Apple has, for some time now, been trying to distance itself from Java. That strategy involved, among other things, no longer including Java as a part of the system by default, as Apple had done in Mac OS X Java has suffered from serious security vulnerabilities from time to time, and Apple has always been responsible for Java updates on the Mac, and those updates have typically been released at a bit of a delay after they are available to other systems.
By handing sole responsibility for updates of Java 7 and up in the future to Oracle, and by removing Java as a part of the system in Lion and up, Apple increased the security of Mac OS X. Unfortunately, they acted too late, and in February of , a new variant of the Flashback malware appeared that relied on Java vulnerabilities. All users of the versions of Java supplied by Apple were vulnerable. Lion users were safe unless they had installed Java, while all Snow Leopard users were fully vulnerable.
Apple eventually managed to get a Java update out, but not until Flashback had infected more than , Macs and made international headlines. As I mentioned earlier, Java can be a significant security risk. It has been used a lot recently as a method of installation by malware, such as Flashback, Tibet, Sabpab, Maljava, GetShell and Crisis. Then, in late August of , another vulnerability surfaced and was exploited to install malware on Windows machines and, reportedly, on a few Macs.
By not installing Java, or keeping it disabled, you are safe from the majority of the Mac malware that has appeared within , at the time of this writing.
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If you have to use Java, or if you just really, really want to, there are two things you need to do. First, if you are using Lion or Mountain Lion, you need to install Java. One way of doing that is by opening any app that relies on Java. The easiest way of doing that is to go to the Utilities folder, which is in the Applications folder, and open the Java Preferences app.
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Other browsers will hide this setting in other places. There are some things you can do to minimize the risks incurred by enabling Java. The easiest thing to do is to use a secondary browser for any sites you need to use that require Java. For example, if Safari is your preferred browser, keep Java turned off in Safari, but turn Java on in another browser, like Firefox. Then, use Firefox only for sites that you trust and that require Java.
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