Enabling Java in Browsers - (Java 1.7.11 Update ONLY)

IMPORTANT: The Java 1.7.0_u11, 32-bit update was successfully delivered to JLab systems last night. Machines that were offline, had some other update in progress, etc. may still be pending.  In general, systems with 32-bit Java 1.7 installed now have the 1.7.0_u11 release in place, with the WEB_JAVA (browser integration) option disabled.

To work around the current security flaw in Java 7, the CNI group will push out a new update (Java 1.7, update 11) to all Computer Center-managed Windows users who have installed Java 7 on their desktop.  This update will automatically change the configuration of Java via the Java Control Panel to turn off all browser access to Java 7.

The new update does not adequately address the current Java security issue!  Staff and users who need to run Java from their browser can turn Java back on, however, should turn it back off when possible for continued protection from the current security flaw and others.

After the Java 1.7.11 update is sent out, please follow the instructions below if you have a business need that requires you to enable Java in your browsers.

  1. Go to Start > Control Panel
  2. Find Java and click to open the Java Control Panel
  3. Go to the Security Tab
  4. Check 'Enable Java content in browser'
  5. You may need to restart your browsers to see this change.

For Macintosh and Linux systems and Windows systems not managed by the Computer Center -- we recommend that you disable Java 7 on your system.  Please proceed to the Java 7 Exploit webpage for information on how to update your settings.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the IT Division Help Desk.

NOTE:  Java is not the same as JavaScript.