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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Apr 28, 2012

Mac People To Get OSX Java Update Directly From Oracle, Not From Apple

The recent FlashBack attack on Mac users worldwide left many Mac users wondering whether they should continue to flaunt the 'malware free' world they were living in until now. The worm exploited a security hole in older version of JVM installed on millions of Macs and it took Apple some time to release the patch after Oracle officially updated their build. Back in 2010, Steve Jobs had written an email to Java Developers that Apple's release schedule differed from Oracle's. This resulted into Apple bringing the critical security patches much later than they were made official by Oracle. Jobs even acknowledged that it may not be the best way to do it. The problem however, has been addressed.

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Beginning with the Java SE 7, Oracle has made OSX a fully supported operating system for Java development & deployment. Henrik Stahl, senior director for the development of Java platform at Oracle mentions in his blog post that there are few remaining issues related to debugging and packaging tools. He mentions that the Web Start and Java Plugin will be included in the subsequent releases. JDK 7 Update 6 will bring you the plugin and web start and the JDK 8 will fully support Mac OSX. What this means is that the Mac users will always have the latest updates as soon as they are released. Make sure you check out Stahl's post (link below) for other details.

Via: Oracle, Henrik Stahl

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