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Java for Mac, XProtect Updated

3 September 2013 483 views No Comment

While you were driving to mom's or the beach for the weekend, Apple deprecated the previous versions of Java for Mac and slipped out an update

Wondering why your company’s Java-based HR page stopped working? While you were driving to mom’s or the beach for the weekend, Apple deprecated previous versions of Java for Mac and slipped out an update.

The security mavens at Intego noted late last week that Apple had pushed a silent update to the XProtect malware blocker, integrated in every version of OS X since Snow Leopard, which deprecated older versions of Java for Mac. This was necessitated by the appearance of an in-the-wild exploit.

Apple also gave notice that Java for Mac 14.8.0 is now available. This isn’t a silent, background update — you have to go get it from Oracle (Version 7 Update 25).

Though updating Java for Mac provides a measure of protection, Apple still disables Java by default and recommends that users only enable the oft malware muddled middleware when it’s specifically required.

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