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Second Java Update From Apple Removes Flashback Malware
April 16, 2012

Second Java Update From Apple Removes Flashback Malware

Apple has released another Java update via the Software Update application for Apple computers running Mac OS X 10.6 and later. The newest update includes a tool that will “remove the most common variants of the Flashback malware,” according to this advisory from Apple. To run Software Update, click on the Apple icon on your desktop, and then select “Software Update…” from the menu.

Keep in mind that the update does not apply to Mac OS X 10.5 and earlier, since Apple no longer supports Java updates for these older operating systems. For these systems, it is recommended to disable Java. Apple has released this article for doing this in Safari and has references for disabling in Chrome and Firefox as well. If you need to have Java enabled, please make sure you have an antivirus product installed.

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Update Patch for Flashback.R Exploit on Mac OS X 10.6 or Later

Within the last few days, Apple has released an important update for its Mac OS X operating systems to patch 12 security vulnerabilities its Java software. For those of you using an Apple computer running Mac OS X 10.6 or later, you should run Apple Software Update immediately to prevent possible infection of the Flashback.R exploit.

So What Should I Do?

1. Make sure your Java is up to date by running

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