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Apple tries again with new OS X Lion, Snow Leopard Java updates

12 June 2012 1,402 views One Comment

another flashback focussed java update that arrives

Has there been a FlashBack trojan resurgence? Apple has issued fresh Java updates for both OS X Lion and Snow Leopard, covering a long list of Java-flavored security issues including the nasty “arbitrary code execution” kind.

However, MacFixIt reports that Apple’s patch follows a Java security patch from Oracle itself by a matter of hours.

This update configures web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled “Inactive plug-in” on a web page. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.

And, we have read that bit before. And, here are Apple’s much more timely, this time around, updates:

Java for OS X Lion 2012-004, download
— Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 9 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_33

See also: Specific security issues covered by these updates

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 9, download
— Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 9 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_33

So, good news, Apple’s paying proper attention to Java security issues and has provided a patch hot on the heels of Oracle’s. Previously, Cupertino allowed FlashBack over two months to spread and grow into a 600,000-plus Mac botnet before offering a patch and removal tool.

An ounce of prevention, hmm?

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