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New OS X Java (Security) Updates Info/Downloads:
(more updates to what's almost become a bigger petri dish than flash)

BTW - I had a couple readers complain of browser problems/crashes after installing these updates. I personally have not enabled java in a browser for several years and even disable it at the OS level. (I did not install these updates either - not using Java period.) However I know some users need it for specific software/tasks. (IIRC Logitech's software for Harmony remotes requires Java.) I'd like to think most users have current backups (especially before installing updates) but that's not aways the case. (And of course previous versions also have vulnerabilities.)

"Newest Mountain Lion Java Update
FWIW, Safari has been crashing all day following this update.

"The Apple Java for OS X 2012-006 1.0 update for Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 operating systems is upsetting to many Google Chrome users!
The Apple Java for OS X 2012-006 1.0 update for Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 operating systems removes Java applet support from all browsers.

In case anyone else missed it, the Java 2012-006 update doc I linked above mentions removing the applet plugin:
    "This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_37....
    This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle."

It doesn't mention it being Java 7/64-bit only however.-Mike
UPDATE: On Oct. 22nd, Apple posted a doc on Java for OS X 2012-006: How to re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 applet plug-in and Web Start functionality.
This looks similar to the tip I posted originally below (from Oracle Mac Java FAQ).

If you exclusively or primarily use the 32-bit Google Chrome browser you are left with no way to run Java applets in the Chrome browser. After installing the Java for OS X 2012-006 1.0 update, anyone who visits a web page with a Java applet in the Chrome browser is directed to download the Java 7 applet plug-in from Oracle.

Attempting to do so generates the following message;

"Chrome does not support Java 7. Java 7 runs only on 64-bit browsers and Chrome is a 32-bit browser.
If you download Java 7, you will not be able to run Java content in Chrome and will need to use a 64-bit browser (such as Safari or Firefox) to run Java content within a browser. Additionally, installing Java 7 will disable the ability to use Apple Java 6 on your system."

If you go to the Oracle site and follow the links to get the Java 6 version at the "Java 6 download page", there is only a message as follows for the MAC OS X system.

"APPLE JAVA 6 FOR MAC OS X For Java versions 6 and below, Apple supplies their own version of Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java 6 for your Mac. For issues related to Apple Java 6 on Mac, contact Apple Support."

I understand Apple wanting to get out of supporting Java, but with updates that 1st force the use of Apple's Java and then another update that subsequently remove it altogether, without a "fix" from either Google Chrome or Oracle, seems disingenuous at best and a deliberate attempt to drive some of the competitor's Google Chrome browser users to their Safari browser, as a suspicious possibility.
Sincerely, G. Gomez"

Do you have a Time Machine or other backup you could restore files from?
(Apple D/L page URLs are the same for the previous and latest updates. If no TM/Backup, did you use the D/L updater of the previous Java update (Sept. 5th) and kept a copy of it? If not maybe chk the net archive.)
Earlier this year Oracle announced they were going to publicly post/support OS X Java updates/JDK. Some months back (late August) I posted info/links to Oracle's Mac OS X Java downloads (-Java 7-) at (w/update 9 Java 7 OS X D/L: jre-7u9-macosx-x64.dmg) and a Mac Java FAQ that includes info on How to uninstall Java 7 and restore Java 6 for Mac. (That info was posted before apple's latest update. If anyone has done that let me know. Thanks)

(I had also mentioned/linked to a more frequently updated/detailed source than - Oracle's Java SE Downloads page which also has Java 6 Update 37 downloads but not for OS X.)

Reader Follow-up on Sonnet USB 3.0 Card/USB Bus Power
I've added a follow-up to an earlier report from a Sonnet Allegro USB 3.0 PCIe Card owner with 2010 Mac Pro using a workaround cable for providing Aux (USB Bus) power to the card. (2006-2008 Mac Pros have PATA optical drives and could use a Y-adapter on one of the PATA drive's power cables, but later Mac Pros use SATA optical drives.)

   Oct 3rd's feedback on USB 3.0 Cards w/OS X 10.7.5/10.8.2 updates included another Alegro owner's comments (short/positive) and a problem report from a Highpoint RocketU Quad USB 3.0 card owner under OS X 10.8.2 and 10.7.5. (Unknown if his problems have been resolved.)
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