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Apple to release update for Mac OS X to eliminate Java

Apple is reportedly preparing to release an update for its Mac OS X that would drastically change the core architecture of its operating system. The update is said to eliminate Java-powered applications, which will take effect when users download and install it to their Mac. In its support site, Apple said that this move is necessary to provide its customers with improved security and reliability.

Earlier this year, security experts have discovered considerable amount of security flaws in Java’s core that evidently been used by hackers and people who have knowledge about it to get into a system where Java is used or serves as the core system. Oracle already addressed the issue but their delays could have been one of the determining factors why big companies such as Apple would cease to use it in its devices.

In a report published by Reuters on Friday, October 19th, it is stated that both Apple and Oracle actually agreed, about two years ago, that the former will somehow stop providing Java software to Mac users for some reason. The exact date as to when this transition will commence hasn’t been disclosed but the recent update might be the beginning of it.

Among the applications inside Mac computers that often use Java is the browser; removing it would reduce risks of an attack. Adam Gowdiak, a research of Polish security firm known as Security Explorations, said he found two vulnerabilities of Java that even after Oracle released patches to fix them, they still continue to put computers at risk.

The update has already been posted on Apple’s support site and it reaches up to 67.2MB in size and dubbed as Java for OS X 2012-006. The description says the “update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers” but it doesn’t mean Mac owners could no longer use it. If they browse webpages that require Java, they will see “Missing plug-in” on the page, clicking on it would redirect them to Oracle’s download page. They can download and install the applet at their own risk.

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