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Important Java Update Information

Recently, a serious security risk was detected in Java version 7, which is currently in use on WSU computers. To mitigate this risk, an update to Java is necessary. Below, you’ll find information on how to update Java for both Windows and Macintosh. Please contact the CaTS Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 if you have any questions or encounter any problems after the upgrade.


On Wednesday, March 13, CaTS will be deploying an updated version of Java to university-owned Microsoft Windows computers on the campus network. You do not need to do anything to receive this update. If you are a Banner Admin user, please see the note below.

Note: After the update, Banner Admin users will no longer be able to tab from the username field to the password field when logging in to the system. In order to do so, the user must click directly into the password field before typing. The vendor for Banner Admin is aware of this issue and is working on a resolution.

Banner Admin users may also be presented with a confirmation box during the first login after receiving this update. These users should choose "Run with the latest version" to continue opening Banner Admin. Click the link below to see a screenshot of this box.



CaTS is unable to automatically deploy the Java update to Macintosh users. Most Mac users should receive this Java update if they use Apple Software Update on a regular basis. Below you’ll find a list of Mac OS X versions, along with information on how to update to the latest version of Java.

- OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.1 through 10.7.2 – The Java update is available through Apple Software Update. NOTE: This will be an update to Java 6.
- OS X 10.7.3 – 10.7.x – The Java 7 update must be manually installed through the Java.com website.
- OS X 10.8.x – The Java update must be manually installed through the Java.com website. Please note that Banner Admin is not supported with OS X 10.8 and higher at this time.