Mac users urged to patch Java security holes

Graham Cluley

If you have Macs in your company it may be time to roll out a new bunch of patches – this time related to your Java installation. The new set of patches, issued by Apple, protect against 15 documented security vulnerabilities on your Java installation that could be exploited by hackers to run unauthorised code on your Mac computers.

According to a security advisory issued by Apple, Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 5 fixes multiple vulnerabilities that could allow cybercriminals to run code (such as a Trojan horse) on a visiting computer by embedding a malicious untrusted Java applet on a webpage.

The patches are available from the downloads area of Apple’s website or via automatic updates.

By the way, none of the vulnerabilities affect users who have upgraded to Apple’s latest version of Mac OS X, known as…

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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, or drop him an email.