04-05-2012 07:36 PM - edited 04-05-2012 09:55 PM
Since I am one of the people who doesn't run special software to protect my Mac from infections, I note that we just ran Software Update to patch a vulnerability in Java.
This update won't be available if you do not have Java installed. You also wouldn't be exposed to this malware in that case.
Yes, there is a specific problem. Yes, Apple took a while to fix it.
Edit to add links now that I'm on my desktop rather than on my iPad:
See Apple knowledge base:
Ars Technica has more details:
04-06-2012 09:54 AM
It's my understanding that there is a followup update to Java as well.
Run Software Update (Apple menu > Software Update) to update Java.
Read this article that shows how you can tell if you are infected by reading default values from the Terminal. That's a read-only detection using the command-line terminal you already have on your computer:
04-13-2012 12:32 PM
It should be noted that there is yet another update for Java available from Software Update. This one disables the java browser plugin by default; also, if you manually re-enable it and go a while without using it, the plugin will again be automatically disabled. This behavior is probably Safari-specific.
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