Apple blocks Java on Macs over security flaws
Security flaw ... Apple has blocked Oracle's Java for the second time this year. Photo: AP
Apple Mac computers have stopped running programs written using the Java programming language in their browsers, after Apple blocked it for the second time this year due to security problems.
Apple has previously blocked, then unblocked, the latest version of Java on the most recent versions of its Mac operating system — most recently in January.
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On Friday Apple also started blocking an older version of the Mac system, called Snow Leopard, from running Java 6, also an older version.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommends disabling Java in web browsers because it has provided pathways for hackers to take control of computers that visit a website rigged with malicious software.
Oracle had no immediate comment on Apple's action.