Apple has released a software update to fix a Java related security issue that had led to the hacking of a few of the company’s Macs.
The tool is now available as a software update for your Mac. Just fire up “Software Update” from the menu bar or head to the Updates tab of the Mac App Store to download it. You can also download and install the patch manually from this link for OS X 10.6 and this link for Lion and Mountain Lion.
Here are the notes for the update:
Multiple vulnerabilities existed in Java 1.6.0_37, the most serious of which may allow an untrusted Java applet to execute arbitrary code outside the Java sandbox. Visiting a web page containing a maliciously crafted untrusted Java applet may lead to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the current user. These issues were addressed by updating to Java version 1.6.0_41. For Mac OS X v10.6 systems, these issues were addressed in Java for Mac OS X v10.6 Update 13.
This update runs a malware removal tool that will remove the most common variants of malware. If malware is found, it presents a dialog notifying the user that malware was removed. There is no indication to the user if malware is not found. This update is available for systems that installed Java 6.
It is recommended that you install the update right away to avoid chances of a similar attack.