Apple Releases Java Update to Remove Flashback Malware

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    Apple just released Java for OS X 2012-003, an update to the Java implementation in OS X. The 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, will again disable it if no applets have been run for "an extended period of time".

    It was reported earlier this week that Apple was in the process of creating software to remove Flashback. It's 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.

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    The update can be downloaded via Software Update. A separate Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 8 is available for users on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

    Article Link: Apple Releases Java Update to Remove Flashback Malware
     
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  3. jackhdev, Apr 12, 2012
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    All computers are susceptible to viruses... even iOS devices. Macs don't get as many viruses because Windows is more "popular" and is used in huge corporations, where information is very valuable. Hackers target them. Apple does try hard to keep OS X virus free though, including adding in an automatically updating safe list for some virus that was causing problems last year.
     
  4. daneoni macrumors G4

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    You're the exact type of user this update was released for.
     
  5. Sky Blue Guest

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    link to the support page doesn't seem to work?
     
  6. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    let the big boys handle this one (about time)
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Even though none of the machines I know of are infected, this is still good to download and an run.
     
  8. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    i can confirm that.
     
  9. SMOHKK85 macrumors newbie

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    Finally

    Finally A solution to this Flashback. Although i don't have it, Im glad my Mac Community is protected from these Things!
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    Apple Tv/ Ipad 2 :apple::apple::apple:
     
  10. toronado455 macrumors regular

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    Same here. 404 error.
     
  11. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    i hope that was a joke, try a smiley face to get that across next time.
     
  12. Revearti macrumors member

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    Mac Virus Scanning

    I'd rather use virus scanning on a Mac than a PC.
     
  13. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    Something satisfying about installing updates!:D
     
  14. toronado455 macrumors regular

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    So does that mean we still need to run the previous update in order to patch Java? What if your computer is NOT infected? What does this update do in that case? Does this update exist for users of earlier versions of OSX such as Tiger?
     
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    I got this trojan through the Java vulnerability. It infected my Mac Pro. I was not aware of it until I read the news stories about it last week. I removed it, and found parts of it had infected two other files on my Mac. Thanks to Little Snitch that was recommended to me after I was infected, which found these variants still "lurking."

    I am glad to have gotten rid of it... I will install this update just to be sure it is all gone.
     
  16. nelmat macrumors 6502a

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    This isn't a virus. And it's estimated that less than one percent of macs that had the trojan. The OS was in no way affected, it relates to third party software which is being dropped by Apple.
     
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    Troll much?

    You can't honestly be stupid enough to not know the difference between a Trojan horse and a virus.
     
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's not a virus. Educate yourself: Mac Virus/Malware FAQ
     
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    Is Flashback a virus? It's malware, but is it a self-propagating virus? And it's not true that Macs have fewer viruses because Windows is "more popular". OS X is inherently more secure, but as Flashback proves, it's not 100% bulletproof. But as Apple has proven with this update, the good design of OS X allows them to protect users, even after an incident arises.
     
  21. coder12, Apr 12, 2012
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    While you are partially correct, you are also wrong. You see, UNIX is protected by magical fairies and it inherently makes me post things when my body is compromised by sleep-loss.

    There is a member here with a link to a page explaining the entire detailed information in their signature here on MR. Anyone who can post that link here would be my hero.
     
  22. coolfactor macrumors 68040

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    It's generally recommended to install all updates that become available. Letting a system fall behind on updates is only asking for trouble.
     
  23. Codyak macrumors 6502

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    It's both popularity AND inherent security. :rolleyes:
     
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    Thats weird. For some reason on one of my Macs it this update won't come up.
     
  25. bassanoclapper macrumors 6502

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    1% is large for penetration of malware/Trojan type nasties. The most widespread attack for PCs is around this level

    When the story grew large, Apple acted quickly but they should have done so when they were alerted that the vulnerability existed some months ago

    It has been reported that just having ClamXav or similar installed was enough for the malware to delete itself if it was downloaded. It's the only protection I currently use and mainly for downloads
     

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