Apple's XProtect Anti-Malware Feature Blocks Java 7 Update 11
The recently released Java 7 Update 11 was found to be recently blocked by Apple through its XProtect anti-malware feature in OS X. It’s a bit ironic that Apple’s anti-malware feature is blocking the new update as the update was originally released to fix a serious zero-day security flaw.
The Cupertino California company took action on its own and quietly disabled the plugin through its OS X anti-malware system. As noted by MacGeneration
, Apple updated its OS X XProtect list, this time adding Java 7 Update 11 to the list. Since Oracle has yet to issue a newer version of Java that addresses any outstanding issues, Mac users are prevented from running Java on their system.
Apple has been weaning away from using Java on OS X, a move that was noticed when the company dropped Java runtime from the default installation for OS X 10.7 Lion when the operating system update launched in 2010. Java vulnerabilities have been a common exploit used by malicious hackers looking to exploit the OS X platform. Hopefully Oracle can provide better security in upcoming updates as it still seems to be prone to hackers while also being incompatible with Apple’s anti-malware feature.