News Archive for Tuesday April 3rd, 2012

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Apple (finally) posts Java (Security) Updates for OS X Lion and 10.6.8:
(FYI: Some users have reported warnings about possible dmg problems with the download updater (example Lion thread). (Lion doesn't include Java by default btw.) I don't own Lion but saw no such warning on a 10.6 updater dmg. Some Lion users w/Java already installed used Software Update instead.)

Update (Friday, April 6th): Apple later changed the Lion update to -002. They later revised the doc About Java for OS X Lion 2012-002 to say the -002 rev "fixed an issue that could affect users of the Xcode or Application Loader tools".

Again nothing for earlier OS X users I guess... but I can't remember the last time I enabled Java. (Unchecked Java in Safari, some browsers like Firefox have a Plugin to disable. Apps/Utils folder has a Java Prefs app to turn it off completely.)

Some sources claim over 550K Macs have been infected by the flashback trojan(s) that exploited java flaws. (Typically most don't know, but some were suspicious after seeing alerts from Little Snitch or AV software. Later variants are said to check for LS/AV software before installing.) There's threads on the Trojan(s) in apple's forums also, such as this one. Here's f-secure's earlier post on Mac Flashback, which is still evolving apparently. (Krebs also posted a related article on Wednesday.)

(Update) Apple Docs on Flashback:
A week later (April 10th), Apple posted these support docs related to Flashback:

More Java Updates (April 12th):
See April 12th news for Info/links on Java for OS X Lion 2012-003 and Java Update 8 for OS X 10.6.8. Both are Flashback Malware related.

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