Java Archive

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.

Apple Releases Java Update 2012-003 to Remove Flashback Trojan

For the third time in two weeks Apple has released an update to Java for Mac to combat the Flashback Trojan that has infected millions of Macs around the world.  The latest update, 2012-003 was release just a bit ago and is available via Software Update.

The 66MB update removes “most common variants of the Flashback malware” and also disables automatic execution of Java UpdateJava applets in Java Web.  This should make your Mac safe against this trojan – at least until another variant comes out.

The Flashback trojan is a reminder that even though us Mac users have by-and-large been able to run for years antivirus free, those days may be over.  Mac adoption has made OS X a target rich environment for those who create and distribute malware, a problem that owners didn’t have when there was only 5% marketshare for Macs.  There are plenty of good reliable solutions out there including some in the Mac App Store.

If you haven’t run Software Update today be sure to do so.