Apple Rolls Out Two Java Updates in Two Days to Fight Trojan Attack on Mac OS X Machines

April 10, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Mac OS X users were panicky when an updated variant of one of the notorious Trojans started utilizing the chinks of an unpatched Java vulnerability in the OS. The vulnerability enabled the virus to hijack the system even when the user does not enter admin passwords.

The Trojan was exceptional in its character that it spread through some 600,000 Mac machines in a small span of time.

To help fight the Trojan, Apple has released two Java updates in a span of two days trying to do some firefighting for crisis management.

The zeal shown by Apple to roll out the updates is laudable, but at the same time, it should be noted that Apple has always came under fire from security experts for delaying Java updates frequently.

The delay and lethargy was the major reason that helped the Trojan spread through MAC OS X machines in blaze pace.

The first java update rolled out by the iGiant was named Java for OS X Lion 2012-001, solved the vulnerability in Java 1.6.0_29. However, there is no clue on how the second update, dubbed Java for OS X 2012-002, patches the weak spot in the system.

In the wake of recent virus attacks, Apple is planning to include a ‘gatekeeper’ feature in their upcoming OS X Mountain Lion version. The gatekeeper feature will verify the credibility of apps through the Mac App Store and through the identified developer program recently initiated by Apple for third party developers.

The program  provides a certificate to third party developers who distribute their apps outside Mac App Store and tracks them to detect any malicious activity.

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