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Certain Blackboard tools require the use of Java technology to function. Java applets run inside the browser, and allow for more interaction than typically is available just through the browser alone.
In January 2013, security vulnerabilities were reported in Java that could potentially allow for malicious code to be executed. Oracle, the makers of Java, quickly responded with security updates to Java.
UHD recommends its users install Java 6.41 or higher to avoid any potential security problems. To download Java, click here. While any risk associated with using Java applets from inside Blackboard is minimal, updating Java helps to minimize risk from other sites.
Mac OS X users that are unable to run Java due to a recent Apple update, (see article 2791 for understanding of why Apple blocked Java) may also have issues running Blackboard tools that require Java. Affected users should update to the latest version of Java, available at www.java.com. Users running Mac OS 10.7.2 or lower should install a Java release provided by Apple
If you are still having issues with Java, please feel free to contact Blackboard Support.
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Last updated or reviewed on 2/26/13