By Kevin Yank

Mac OS X 10.3.9 update breaks Java

By Kevin Yank

Long hailed as the only OS vendor to provide Java built in, Apple stumbled yesterday in the eyes of Java developers with the release of Mac OS X 10.3.9, the latest update to the “Panther” version of the operating system.

The update causes Java to crash with a segmentation fault error whenever it is started. Visiting a website containing a Java applet in Safari 1.3, the new browser version that is a part of the update, will cause the browser to crash.



The solution to this problem is to first ensure that you have the Java 1.4.2 Update 2 installed on your system. If you’ve kept up-to-date with your software updates, you will. Next, you need to manually download and (re)install Security Update 2005-002 for Mac OS X.

These steps are detailed in a support article at

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