Apple Releases Java Update To Remove FlashBack Trojan

Apple's support to remove FlashBack Trojan from Mac

After Kaspersky’s Flashfake’s arrival to remove Flashback Trojan from Mac, Apple has released Java for OS X 2012-003, an update to the Java implementation in OS X. This update removes “the most common variants of the Flashback malware.”

Interestingly the update disables the automatic execution of Java applets, and, if automatic execution is re-enabled, the update will again disable it if no applets have been run for “an extended period of time”.

Apple was in the process of creating software to remove Flashback. It has been claimed that the Flashback malware infected more than 600,000 Macs at its peak, though there have been a number of programs created to quickly and easily cleanse infected machines.

This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware.

This update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable the automatic execution of Java applets. Users may re-enable automatic execution of Java applets using the Java Preferences application. If the Java web plug-in detects that no applets have been run for an extended period of time it will again disable Java applets. This update is recommended for all Mac users with Java installed. For details about this update see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5242

This update can be downloaded via software update.

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Source: Mac Rumors

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