|February 2013 MSS Newsflash 2
Apple issues critical Java updates
For Mac OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8 users: Java for OS X 2013-001
For Mac OS X 10.6 users: Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_41.
Importantly, the Java security updates from Apple will only appear for users of Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. If your Mac is running an earlier operating system, there is no patch available and you should, minimally, disable Java in Safari as outlined below.
iOS devices—iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch are not impacted. More technically inclined users can read Apple's Knowledge Base article: "About the security content of Java for OS X 2013-001 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 13
Although these Java exploits come on the heels of last week's Adobe Flash vulnerabilities, it's worth noting that Apple has by default disabled both of these technologies from recent versions of its operating system. The Mac OS X operating system itself remains incredibly robust and secure. (The Flash and Java vulnerabilities are not unique to the Mac; they are also a threat to Windows- and Linux-based machines.)
Disabling Java in Safari
If you do not see an "Enable Java" check box, Java has already been disabled or is not installed on your system. (Problem solved!)
If you would like assistance installing the latest version of Java or disabling the Java web browser plug-in, please feel free to call MacAtoZ at 503-507-0410 to schedule a remote support session or an appointment.