Rest In Hell, Java Plug-In

Rest In Hell, Java Plug-In

Good news from the world of online security: Oracle, developer of the Java plugin that has been making browsers insecure since 1995, has finally announced that it's sending it six feet under. The Java plugin isn't dead immediately: it will be deprecated in the next release of the Java Developer Kit, which is a fancier way of saying Oracle will sweep it under the rug, and encourage people not to use it. The functionality will be "fully removed" in some later release, once everyone's said their final farewells.

It's a move that is entirely logical, and really too late. Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge have all either killed support for plugins, or announced that they're going to do so in the near future, leaving no room to support the Java plugin.

More importantly, Java is a terrible blight on our computer security that must be stopped at all costs. Everyone from independent developers to the Department of Homeland Security have shit on Java for opening up access to a billion computers thanks to zero-day programming bugs. So long, Java; we won't miss you.




    Every time I have downloaded something that said "you need to install java" or "installing JRE" I have deleted/uninstalled it. I just assumed everyone else was doing the same thing.

      I use a number of applications that depend on Java but, in the last decade, not anything that needed the plugin.

    Just to clarify, this isn't ending Java, it's ending the browser plug-in for Java. If you download an application written in Java, you'll still need to install a JRE. If you want to run Tomcat, you'll still need to install Java.

    Of course, once again, it will be the corporate sector where this hits hardest. All those applications out there that require the Java plug-in will no longer be getting platform updates. Yes, of course, you should upgrade your software to something that doesn't use the Java plug-in, but in a lot of cases that isn't an option, sometimes you've stuck with that odd bit of hardware that has a management console only available through a Java plug-in, or that enterprise application that 5 people use daily, and everyone else in the business occasionally, that cost several millions of dollars just 2 years ago, that isn't going to get replaced any time soon.

    If only developers would have abandoned it years ago.
    This announcement should of been made 5 years ago with a countdown timer to FORCE devs to change to something else.

    Alot of Web based apps still rely heavily on java.

    those in enterprise environments will have to use vm's or older insecure browsers to use the plugin.

    So this will effect the ATO that switched to using the Java Plugin a few years ago for Tax Agents, Accountants, Businesses to get into their Portals. They have already stopped supporting their own app they used to use (which had its own issues, was a pain to get working at times).

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