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FYI: Apple Releases Fix for Critical Java Flaws

Apple has issued an update for Mac OS X installations of Java that fixes at least two critical security vulnerabilities in the software, including one flaw for which there is already a working exploit in circulation (CVE-2012-4681).

If you own a Mac, take a moment today to run the Software Update application and check if there is a Java update available. Delaying this action could set your Mac up for a date with malware. In April, the Flashback Trojan infected more than 650,000 Mac systems using an exploit for a critical Java flaw.

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 10 and Java for OS X 2012-005 are available for Java installations on OS X 10.6, OS X Lion and Mountain Lion systems, via Software Update or from Apple Downloads.

Apple stopped bundling Java by default in OS X 10.7 (Lion), but it offers instructions for downloading and installing the software framework when users access webpages that use it. The latest iteration of Java for OS X configures the Java browser plugin and Java Web Start to be deactivated if they remain unused for an extended period of time.

Continued : http://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/09/apple-releases-fix-for-critical-java-flaws/.
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