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Mac malware: Oracle issues Java 7 patch

31 August 2012 1,329 views One Comment

This issue generated no Mac malware threat, but it has been addressed nonetheless. What a huge difference between Apple handling Java updates and Oracle

This issue generated no Mac malware threat, but it has already been addressed nonetheless. What a huge difference between Apple handling Java updates and Oracle — we would have waited weeks if not months for Apple to deliver and that likely would have put the rest of us at risk a la the FlashBack trojan.

News of a new multi-platform Java vulnerability arrived on Monday and it has already issued a patched before a Mac malware payload was developed.

In mid-August, the Fairer Platform heralded Mac Java parity with other platforms. Oracle’s quick release of Java 1.7.0_07 (release notes, download), which patches the just revealed vulnerability, underscores how good it is that Apple’s no longer in charge of Java updates.

Mac malware: Keeping the wolf at bay

Beginning in the Fall 2011 and stretching into June of this year, variants of the FlashBack trojan spread among Mac users, at one point infecting more than a half million Macs — the biggest Mac botnet in history. The theme throughout that entire sad serious of events was Apple’s inability to deliver Java updates fast enough to keep ahead of the hackers.

Again, it’s so good that Oracle has now taken direct responsibility for Java updates for the Mac…

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