Apple releases update to remove Flashback malware

Thu, Apr 12, 2012


Well that was relatively quick, kind of. Apple today finally released a software update that removes the much ballyhooed Flashback trojan that has reportedly infected over 600,000 Mac users (about 1% of Mac users worldwide).

The update, which checks in at about 70mb, is available to Snow Leopard and OS X Lion users via Apple’s software update utility.

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.

via Apple



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