Apple has issued an update for Mac OS X installations of Java that fixes at least one critical security vulnerability in the software.
An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly stated that Oracle had shipped security updates for its Java software. Oracle did push out an update for Java earlier this month — Java 6 Update 32 — but the new version… Read More »
Apple on Monday released a critical update to its version of Java for Mac OS X systems that plugs at least a dozen security holes in the program. More importantly, the patch includes fixes for a flaw that attackers have recently pounced on to broadly deploy malicious software, both on Windows and Mac systems.
Mac malware is back in the news again. Last week, security firm F-Secure warned that it had discovered a Trojan built for OS X that was disguised as a PDF document. It’s not clear whether this malware is a present threat — it was apparently created sometime last year — but the mechanics of how it infects Mac systems is worth a closer look because it challenges a widely-held belief among Mac users that malicious software cannot install without explicit user permission.