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End of the road for Apple’s Java 6 updates

It’s been a long time coming, but Java 6 on OS X has hit the end of the road for updates. Mike Swingler has posted a message to the Apple java-dev list that confirms that no further Java SE 6 updates are available for any platform, including OS X. Java for OS X 2013-005 and Java for Mac OS X v10.6 Update 17 are the latest versions available and install Java SE 6 build 1.6.0_65.

As part of this post, I’d like to say thanks to the Java folks at Apple for going above and beyond. Apple’s last Java 6 update was released in Oct 15, 2013, which was a full eight months after Oracle discontinued updates for other platforms. This allowed some vulnerabilities in Java 6 to be addressed that otherwise wouldn’t have been.

For those who need them, download links for Java for OS X 2013-005 and Java for Mac OS X v10.6 Update 17 are available below:

Java for OS X 2013-005

Java for Mac OS X v10.6 Update 17

  1. Leanne Wood
    January 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I’m sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place. A couple of my users are running Mac OS 10.6.8, so they are unable to install the java 7U51 update. Our browsers now require that we run the latest version of java, which means that these users cannot access java based web-apps. We use WebFocus specifically. There is no way, that I can see at least, to add WebFocus as an exception in the java preferences for Mac OS 10.6.8. I’m not sure what can be done, but would really appreciate any and all suggestions.

    • January 30, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Leanne ,

      If your applications require Java 7, there’s really only two ways forward that I see:

      A. Upgrade those users to at least 10.7.x – That will allow them to run Java 7 Update 51

      B. If they can’t be upgraded to 10.7.x or higher – Those users will need access to another system that can run Java 7.

  2. Leanne Wood
    January 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    thank you! That’s what I thought, but one can hope for a better solution! ;-) thanks for your help!

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