It’s been more than two decades since Oracle decided to start plaguing web browsers with its Java plug-in, but it looks like it’s time for Oracle to finally kill it off. Its death will undoubtedly be met with cheers from the people who understand how much of security nightmare the plug-in is, but it was more or less dead before Oracle decided to officially kill it, because most web browsers have either stopped supporting it or plan to do so in the near future.
Good news from the world of online security: Oracle, developer of the Java plugin that has been making browsers insecure since 1995, has finally announced that it’s sending it six feet under. The Java plugin isn’t dead immediately: it will be deprecated in the next release of the Java Developer Kit, which is a fancier way of saying Oracle will sweep it under the rug, and encourage people not to use it. The functionality will be “fully removed” in some later release, once everyone’s said their final farewells. It’s a move that is entirely logical, and really too late. Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge have all either killed support for plugins, or announced that they’re going to do so in the near future, leaving no room to support the Java plugin. More importantly, Java is a terrible blight on our computer security that must be stopped at all costs. Everyone from independent developers to the Department of Homeland Security have shit on Java for opening up access to a billion computers thanks to zero-day programming bugs. So long, Java; we won’t miss you.