Java for Mac, XProtect Updated
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.
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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