Mac users have been threatened with a new Flashback Trojan for the past few weeks. Various third party apps have been provided in order to diagnose and remove the trojan from infected systems. Infecting over 600,000 Macs, it is clear that Apple is not about to turn a blind eye on this particular threat. And lo and behold, Apple has just pushed out an update for the OS X that aims to once and for all fix Flashback Trojan vulnerabilities.
Mac OS X users are prompted with an update called Java for OS X 2012-003 through the standard Software Update method that all Mac users are familiar with. Aside from removing all instances of the Flashback malware, the update also disables the automatic execution of Java applets. If the user decides to re-enable the automatic execution of Java applets, the update will disable them automatically if the system detects no applets are running.
This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware.
This update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable the automatic execution of Java applets. Users may re-enable automatic execution of Java applets using the Java Preferences application. If the Java web plug-in detects that no applets have been run for an extended period of time it will again disable Java applets.
This update is "highly recommended" by Apple, so Mac users have no reason not to install this update. Even if you have managed to remove the Flashback Trojan either manually or using an app, it is still recommended that you install this software update and not worry anymore about Flashback in the future.
Infections of this scale are usually almost exclusively happen on Windows. Is this a signal that people who are up to no good have shifted their focus to Macs? Time can only tell. Meanwhile, we can't reiterate this enough but be sure that you download this update to fix Flashback Trojan malware. [via Apple]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback