Apple Releases New Update To Java

Apple Java Update for Mac

Apple has released its second update in to the OS X implementation of Java. The first update had closed a vulnerability that has led to the infection of more than 600,000 Macs via a trojan horse.

The Mac infections have received a lot of media attention for past two days, including a splashed headline on the Drudge Report.

While the first Java for OS X Lion 2012-001 update closed the vulnerability in Java 1.6.0_29, there is no indication what the new update – called Java for OS X 2012-002 will fixes. This update notes link to the same support document as update 2012-001.

Last year, Apple had introduced a security update to OS X that would automatically remove malicious software from OS X installations. At the moment, it is not clear if the infected machines can be fixed via the internal OS X security mechanisms.

OS X Mountain Lion, the next version of the OS X software will be released this summer. In this version, Apple will include a feature called Gatekeeper. The new system relies not only on Mac App Store distribution as means of vetting apps, but also on a new “identified developer” program. Under this program, developers distributing their applications outside of the Mac App Store can register with Apple and receive a personalized certificate they can use to sign their applications. After that, Apple can use that system to track developers and disable their certificates if malicious activity is detected.

Source: Mac Rumors

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