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)
Open Files with Finder's App Switcher
Say you're in the Finder looking at a file and you want to open it with an application that's already running but which doesn't own that particular document. How? Switch to that app and choose File > Open? Too many steps. Choose Open With from the file's contextual menu? Takes too long, and the app might not be listed. Drag the file to the Dock and drop it onto the app's icon? The icon might be hard to find; worse, you might miss.
In Leopard there's a new solution: use the Command-Tab switcher. Yes, the Command-Tab switcher accepts drag-and-drop! The gesture required is a bit tricky. Start dragging the file in the Finder: move the file, but don't let up on the mouse button. With your other hand, press Command-Tab to summon the switcher, and don't let up on the Command key. Drag the file onto the application's icon in the switcher and let go of the mouse. (Now you can let go of the Command key too.) Extra tip: If you switch to the app beforehand, its icon in the Command-Tab switcher will be easy to find; it will be first (or second).
- How to Detect and Protect Against Updated Flashback Malware (05 Apr 12)
- Beware the Morphing Flashback Malware (27 Feb 12)
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