Apple rolls out Java security updates

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Apple Mac users are being urged to update their installations of Java with new versions which protect against multiple security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard users are advised to download Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 1. It includes fixes for a number of security holes that were found in earlier versions, including a flaw which could allow a Java applet to gain the privileges of a current user while running in a webpage.

Meanwhile, users of Mac OS X v10.5.8 should download Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 6, which updates J2SE 5.0 and Java SE 6 and fixes a similar collection of vulnerabilities.

These updates to Java from Apple effectively play “catch-up” with the Windows, Linux and Solaris versions of Java. For reasons that are frankly beyond…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.