Oracle Warns macOS 14.4 Can Cause Java to Terminate Unexpectedly

Oracle this week warned that the macOS 14.4 update released earlier this month for Macs can cause Java processes to "terminate unexpectedly."

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In a blog post on Friday, Oracle's Senior Director of Product Management Aurelio Garcia-Ribeyro recommended that Apple silicon Mac users who rely on Java avoid updating to macOS 14.4 until the issue is resolved by Apple:

An issue introduced by macOS 14.4, which causes Java process[es] to terminate unexpectedly, is affecting all Java versions from Java 8 to the early access builds of JDK 22. There is no workaround available, and since there is no easy way to revert a macOS update, affected users might be unable to return to a stable configuration unless they have a complete backup of their systems prior to the OS update.

The blog post and bug report include more technical details about the issue.

Oracle says it has notified Apple about the issue. Apple did not immediately respond to our request for comment about the matter.

Update: macOS 14.4 also has compatibility issues with audio plugins protected by PACE/iLok.

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Coizu Avatar
13 weeks ago

Who needs Java anyway… the 90’s called, they want their tech back
That only holds up for Java on the desktop. Java runs a good amount of internet services behind the scenes and the devs maintaining and developing those are not able to do their job properly now.
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AlmightyKang Avatar
13 weeks ago
I love the naivety about Java. People literally have no idea where it is actually used.

That said I wish it'd die.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
turbineseaplane Avatar
13 weeks ago

Who needs Java anyway… the 90’s called, they want their tech back

news seems relevant for all 17 people still using it
These are exactly the kind of out of touch and stereotypical "Apple user" responses that are such a turn off to so many
We can do better than this everyone
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CyberGene Avatar
13 weeks ago
I’m a Java backend engineer and my company provided Mac was updated to 14.4 and I’ve been experiencing unexpected termination of my dev environment a few times a day ever since. I thought it was the IDE, but it’s really frustrating to learn that it’s Apple to blame.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
UliBaer Avatar
13 weeks ago

Who needs Java anyway… the 90’s called, they want their tech back
Well, outside your little Apple-desktop-and-apps-world there is the great wide internet with big business servers, which are mainly driven by Java - surprise! :eek:
All developers for that well needed backends are now extremely handycapped - simple as that! Apple should asap provide a patch, or the fellow developers insisting of using a mac will be target for laughter from colleagues... ?
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Polinsky Avatar
13 weeks ago

Who needs Java anyway… the 90’s called, they want their tech back
My goodness, such an ignorant statement. If only you really knew how and where Java was being used today.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)