Apple drops Java from browsers


Apple is removing Oracle's Java software from browsers on its Mac operating system, as part of its latest software update. The move means that Apple users that use the updates Mac OS update will need to download Java support from Oracle directly. Java is a computer language that enables programmers to write one set of code to run on virtually any type of machine.

It is widely used on the Internet so that Web developers can make their sites accessible from multiple browsers running on Macs or Microsoft Windows PCs.

Apple is implementing that change in the wake of a Java security scare that prompted some security experts to caution computer users to only use Java on an as-needed basis.

Security experts in Europe discovered Java bugs in late August that hackers had exploited to launch attacks. It took Oracle several days to release an update to Java to correct those flaws.

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