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Apple releases update to resolve new Malware issue

On the Apple support  page you can now download an update to fix the “Backdoor.Flashback” malware. Basically, this is an update for the Mac’s Java support, which downloads a new version, Java SE 6 1.6.0_31. The new version supersedes all previous versions of Java for OS X 10.7. In addition to removing Flashback, the update also sets the Java web plug-in program to disable the automatic execution of any Java applets.

The perception that Mac computers are nearly malware free was shattered last week with the announcement from Doctor Web that they had discovered a botnet that covered over 500,000 Mac-based computers. The botnet’s computers were infected with a malware called “Backdoor.Flashback” that redirects the computer to view websites likely set up by the people who created the malware.

The malware is installed via a flaw that allowed JavaScript code to load to a Java applet that contained Flashback to a Macintosh Computer. Apple stated on their support page they have fixed this flaw for Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.6. For those that have a Mac that is running OS X 10.5 or below, Apple suggests you should disable Java on your web browser.

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