Oracle releases Java for Mac OS X Version 7 Update 7

Oracle today released Java for Mac OS X Version 7 Update 7.

Mac OS X System Requirements:
• Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.3 (Lion) or later.
• Administrator privileges
• 64-bit browser

Note that installing Java on a Mac is performed on a system wide basis, for all users, and administrator privileges are required. You cannot install Java on a single-user basis.

A 64-bit browser (Safari or Firefox, for example) is required to run Java 7 on Mac OS X. Java 7 does not support 32-bit browsers such as Chrome on the Mac platform.

For users of Mac OS X 10.7.3 and above: In System Preferences click on the Java icon to access the Java Control Panel.

More info and download link via here.


      1. Funny. I got to hand it to you. Your humor is just so amazing. I am in awe of your powers of mirth.

        I looked in the System Preferences like the MDN article says for whatever it’s worth. It now shows up in the System Preferences after I installed the update.

  1. I just installed it, and it’s so slow and kludgy, it’s practically unusable. It runs at about 1/10 the speed of the previous version. I use it for ETrade MarketCaster. I’m typing this, and it’s STILL loading symbols! That used to take 5 seconds max. Yep.. Still loading.. Perhaps after a reboot?

    1. Definitely try a reboot (and maybe some cache cleaning). I just installed the update and it runs a couple of heavy-duty apps that have Java interfaces a little quicker than before.

      1. I tried both permissions repair and a reboot and it hasn’t helped. I hope they roll out a fix for that or ETrade updates their MarketCaster. Glaciers move faster than this thing now.

  2. Just Say No To Java.

    Best Advice:
    Expect security hole hell.

    Thankfully, this is NOT the version of Java that has had two (2) wide open zero-day exploits discovered within the past week. That was Java “7”, v1.7 update 6.

    However, Java now has the reputation as the LEAST secure 3rd party software available for Mac. Java is specifically responsible for the 600,000 PWNed/zombied/botted Macs from this past spring. Java no longer has ANY security respectability. IOW: Expect this version of Java to be just as insecure as the last version, and the version before that.

    But of course, some websites and apps require it. In that case, stick to older patched versions. Do NOT use the latest versions ever. Oracle has royally FRACKED the Java project into a dangerous mess. Thus saithe I. 😎

      1. Not sure your article actually says anything of any interest to anyone. Simply says “Nothing indicates that New Java Update 7 is going to be any more secure than Bad Java Update 6” which doesn’t really say anything at all. Which is the same as saying “Nothing indicates that New Java Update 7 is going to end the world economic crisis or solve world hunger”. Fairly meaningless, although clearly you have some kind of bee in your bonnet about Java.

        1. I provided a number of links in the article, clearly marked, with extreme details.

          The ‘bee in my bonnet’ happens to be the fact that the most recent Java malware for Mac PWNed 600,000 Macs. It was the single WORST malware infection in Apple history. It was a drive-by infection that required no user action. It doesn’t get any worse.

          But you nod off and dream of those happy days when Java was proclaimed to be ‘safe’.

          Oh and ‘Reality Check’: No one is going to take your ‘reality’ seriously if you remain just another ANONYMOUS COWARD unwilling to face the light of day. 😛

  3. IMPORTANT! A zero-day security hole in this new version of Java has been discovered

    From my review of the current data, there is now NO SAFE VERSION OF JAVA currently available. That includes both Java “6” and “7”. TURN OFF JAVA or uninstall it, if you ever bothered to install it at all. Java remains the single least secure third party software for OS X.

    I have an updated write up about the current state of Java for Mac here:

    UPDATED! A LOT! Don’t Use Current Java! New Zero-Day Java Exploits Are In-The-Wild

    Adobe must enjoy being out of the security spotlight for a change.

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