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Apple Update Closes Java Security Flaw

     
2:14 pm on Feb 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Less than 24 hours after admitting some of its employees computers had been hacked, Apple has pushed out a security update to users of its Mac computers.

The patch fixes issues surrounding Java, a popular programming language that had a major security hole allowing malicious code to infect machines.

Apple was among several companies targeted in recent weeks by hackers exploiting the Java weakness.

One expert criticised Apple, saying it "could have been quicker" to act.Apple Update Closes Java Security Flaw [bbc.co.uk]


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Of interest is that the software update also includes malware removal software that silently checks if macs were hit by the known malware and takes counteractions as needed.


Malware removal

Available for: Mac OS X v10.6.8, Mac OS X Server v10.6.8, OS X Lion v10.7 or later, OS X Lion Server v10.7 or later, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 or later

Description: This update runs a malware removal tool that will remove the most common variants of malware. If malware is found, it presents a dialog notifying the user that malware was removed. There is no indication to the user if malware is not found. This update is available for systems that installed Java 6.

From About the security content of Java for OS X 2013-001 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 13 [support.apple.com]