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Apple drops Java amid security fears

Apple has dropped old editions of Oracle's Java software from its web browsers, the company revealed in a post on its support site.

When users download the latest update to the Mac operating system, they will simultaneously get rid of Java, which has been deemed a security liability by Apple.

Customers will have to consult Oracle directly in order to regain Java, the popular computer language which enables a multitude of Internet browsers to access content.

Earlier this year, Java was held responsible for numerous attacks on Apple devices, such as the Flashback malware that was found to have exploited systems through Java in order to infect over half a million Macs.

Again, in late August, weaknesses in Java were at fault for Anonymous' theft of over 12 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers. In that case, Oracle was slow to produce a patch for the vulnerabilities.

Adam Gowdiak, CEO of Security Explorations, has since discovered more security weaknesses in Java, and strongly advises disabling Java software to reduce risks of attack and ensure a more secure machine.