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Java on Mac OS X Gets the Boot After Security Incidents

For the second time in two weeks, Apple pulled Java from its users’ browsers via an update to its XProtect anti-spyware scanner. The decision, based on the series of security incidents involving Java, has stirred a wave of complaints on the vendor’s support forums.

The XProtect update automatically disables all versions of the Java Web plug-in before version, as a number of reports from vulnerability-testing companies revealed that the latest version of Java can still be exploited.

Early in January, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a warning that Java should be disabled, as a weaponized piece of exploit code had made it into the world’s most famous attack kits.

Unfortunately for Mac users, they will most likely be unable to use Java until – most probably – February 4. However, given the serious security risks they could get exposed to, everybody is better off without Java for now.

About the author


Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as senior e-threat analyst. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or writing removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the web without protection or rodeo with wild Trojan horses. He believes that most things in life can be beat with strong heuristics and that antimalware research is like working for a secret agency: you need to stay focused at all times, but you get all the glory when you catch the bad guys.

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