Apple Releases Java Updates for OS X, Including Malware Removal Tool

java_logo_newApple has released updated versions of Java for OS X, following a prominent hacking of Apple employees' Macs, plus the remote blocking of the Java plugin due to security vulnerabilities.

This is the standard quarterly update of Java 6 that Apple distributes, while customers looking for Java 7 should download straight from Oracle.

The update includes the malware removal tool mentioned earlier that will "remove the most common variants of malware". If malware is found, the user is notified -- otherwise, no notification is made.

About Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_41.

On systems that have not already installed Java for Mac OS X 10.6 update 9 or later, this update will configure web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled "Inactive plug-in" on a web page. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.

Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5651 for more details about this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.

There are two download packages available through Apple's software download site, one for OS X Snow Leopard and the other for OS X Lion or Mountain Lion. They may also be downloaded through Software Update or the Mac App Store.

Top Rated Comments

tigres Avatar
144 months ago
There have been so many java updates as of recent- I'm at a loss of what is current and what is suspect.

In addition, I have to support my family both in house and abroad. It's becoming a fiasco. One needs it for banking, 2 for gaming etc etc.

What a pain in the ass.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lark.Landon Avatar
144 months ago
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dweezle3 Avatar
144 months ago
Java. Just Another Vulnerability Announcement.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CrazyForApple Avatar
144 months ago
******* Java!!!!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Thunderbird Avatar
144 months ago
People still use Java?

Better scan your floppy drives after the update too then. :D
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tdtran1025 Avatar
144 months ago
Java's future is rocky
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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