Joshua Schnell, April 6, 2012
Yesterday we reported that the Flashback Trojan seems to have infected approximately 600,000 Macs, and that Apple had released a Java update to close the hole, but it seems like the patch may not have been enough to stop the spread of the pesky little bug. Apple’s now issued a second update for Java that addresses more security and reliability concerns and updates Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_31.
If you have Java installed, you may want to hit up your software update. We should point out that this exploit is based around Java and not OS X, and that Apple has stopped shipping Java on Lion based machines; instead, Apple recommended customers get updates directly from Oracle on their own. The fact that Java has come back around to be a major problem for Apple users likely only solidifies Apple’s decision to abandon support for the programming language.
If you’re uncertain if you’ve been affected by the nasty little trojan, you should check out the nifty AppleScript written by our friend Christina Warren (of Mashable fame). The script automagically figures out if you’ve been affected.
If you’re looking for more details about the exploit you can check out our own Corey Tamas’s post from yesterday, as well as this post from our friends at MacObserver and Forbes. You’ll find everything you need to know therein.Follow @macgasm