Apple Blocks Java 7 After Serious Zero-Day Flaw is Found

Posted January 11, 2013 at 7:34pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10962 views

Apple has blocked Java 7 from running on Mac OS X following a warning from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the software is vulnerable to a serious flaw, reports MacRumors.

ZDNET says that hackers have found a weakness that can allow for the installation of malicious software and malware on machines which could then be used for identity theft or for adding the computer to botnets that are often used for denial-of-service attacks.

"We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem," said the DHS' Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) in a post on its Web site on Thursday evening. "This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits. Exploit code for this vulnerability is also publicly available."

It's being recommended that users disable or uninstall Java immediately to mitigate any damage.

Apple has already moved to address the issue by updating Xprotect.plist to require a minimum Java version of 1.7.0_10-b19. Since this is newer than the current 1.7.0_10-b18 version, Java is prevented from running.

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lissaneor - September 24, 2013 at 9:23am
Users identity theft protection is one off the majors rules apple always consider. May be by using this fault hackers can hit the users of apple and they can be Effected by the identity stealing scams
Bonez - January 12, 2013 at 4:35pm
Thats good and all.... HOW THE HELL DO I TURN THAT OFF????? There is no way in hell i want Apple to have a kill switch to things on my macs
John - January 11, 2013 at 8:34pm
Oh damn.
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