Apple releases Java patches (finally)
Better six months late than never
Apple has released security updates for Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server 10.4.11 and 10.5.7 - more than six months after Sun Microsystems warned the world of flaws in its Java virtual machine that make it easy for attackers to execute malware on users' Macs, PCs, and Linux boxes.
Better late than never.
Last month, The Reg took Apple to task for not promptly fixing that known vulnerability. Today, Cupertino's fixes are finally available. At that time, patches had been released for Windows and Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat, and Suse Linux. Mac users had to wait until today.
Back? Okay. You've just applied a patch that, according to Apple, fixes multiple vulnerabilities in Java, "the most serious of which may allow an untrusted Java applet to obtain elevated privileges."
Without the patch - in other words, for the past six months - if you visited a malicious web page, it could install a Java applet that could lead to arbitrary code execution with your level of privileges.
If you followed our suggestion last month to take Security researcher Landon Fuller's advice to disable Java applets in your browser and uncheck the "Open 'safe' files after downloading" setting in Safari's General preferences, you're now free to reverse those changes. ®
They're about as similar as cow's milk and soya milk
@ Qwertyuiop and others
"So, no need to patch unless there's an exploit? *REALLY* clever! This would be the famed Apple security would it?"
No. But the point is that it was easy enough to NOT have running which is what I did when the security alert came up. I don't have any reason to run it anyway and one would assume that those that did would be on some kind of trusted network anyway.
Well, at least that explains why I occasionally understood one of his posts - it was actually an imposter using his name.