Apple Release Java Update After Yesterdays Hacking Shenanigans

If you missed all the fun yesterday, Apple had several employees hacked yesterday.  The exploit made its way into the Cupertino Macs via, wait for it, Java.  Yes that programming language applet that we all hate but seemingly cannot divorce (as a colleague of mine said, “a bugger you can’t flick”) has become THE gateway for malware into Macs.  It would seem that Apple themselves are not immune.

Not sitting back on this one, Apple has release a Java update today to fix this and other improvements.  Here is the summary from the Apple Support Page

This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_41 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later.



This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a webpage, click on the region labeled “Missing plug-in” to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.



This update also removes the Java Preferences application, which is no longer required to configure applet settings.

Mac users are recommended to install this update immediately as it is available now in the Mac App Store under Updates.  Even if you do not normally use Java you should install this update.  This release supersedes any previous updates.

To get the update, open up the App Store on your Mac and go to the Updates tab.