After 3 updates, Apple has finally released an update for Java that removes the purported Flashback Trojan that is to have infected over 600,000 Macs worldwide. Apple has not had a good time since the Java vulnerability came about. Despite announcing that they were working on a fix, it took 3 updates until the Cupertino-technology firm finally got rid of the problem once and for all. Moreover, in a bid to ensure that the matter does not repeat itself, the latest update disables automatic execution of Java applets, a move that aims to check similar attacks if they happen again in the future.
The update named Java for OS X 2012-003 brings with it Jave SE 6 version 1.6.0_31 which supersedes all previous Java versions for OS X Lion. If you have java and want to re-enable it, you will be able to do so by using the Java Preferences application. If the Java web plug-in does not detect any applets over a period of time, it will again disable Java applets to ensure there is no repeat of the exploitation of a loophole. If you want to have a look at the full release notes for the update that is highly recommended for all Mac users with Java installed, just click here.
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