Apple ditches Java

Mac OS to be stripped of runtime library in wake of security scare

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Apple ditches Java Macs are thought to be vulnerable as long as they carry the Java runtime library. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  October 21, 2012

The next Mac OS upgrade will remove Oracle's Java runtime suite from computers, Apple Inc announced on its support forum. Both Oracle and Apple declined to comment and no reason was given for the removal, reports Reuters.

Having previously bundled the prolific runtime platform with its Mac OS X, Apple said customers would have to download Java plugins directly from Oracle.

Java has the distinction of being a platform-independent programming language, meaning that raw code is only part-compiled and then processed into executable applications by the host machine at runtime. This allows Web platforms to use Java as a single technology to enrich user experiences without having t consider compatibility issues.

Both companies agreed two years ago that Apple would drop Java from its OS bundle at some point, but no timeline was announced. The current move comes in the wake of a Java security scare in August during which security experts warned of possible holes in the runtime libraries and said users should activate Java on an as-needed basis. While Oracle did eventually release a fix for the issue, Adam Gowdiak, of Poland-based Security Explorations, said on Friday he has since discovered two new security bugs in Java that leave the platform open to attack.

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