Apple has released Java for OS X Lion 2012-001 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 7, which both address a vulnerability in the Java framework that can be exploited by the Flashback malware. Ars Technica reported on Monday that the latest variant of the malware can utilize a Java vulnerability “to hijack Macs even when users don’t enter an administrative password.” According to Apple’s security overview for this update, this can occur when visiting a Web page that is running an untrusted Java applet. (For more about Flashback, see “Beware the Morphing Flashback Malware,” 27 February 2012.) The update is available via Software Update and direct download. (Free, 66.9 MB and 79.7 MB)
Avoid Simple Typos
If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.
- How to Detect and Protect Against Updated Flashback Malware (05 Apr 12)
- Beware the Morphing Flashback Malware (27 Feb 12)
Java for OS X Lion 2012-001 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 7
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