Better Late than Never, Apple Fixes Flashback Vulnerability

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As promised, Apple rolled out a Java update today designed to combat the Flashback infection afflicting some 600,000 Mac users.

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The Java security update removes common Flashback variants and disables the auto-running of applets, which is how Flashback infiltrated systems. To ensure you're protected, simply download and apply the latest patches from Software Update.

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In related news, Kaspersky announced today that the company is suspending its own Flashback removal program. Not because of Apple's official release but because Kaspersky found the tool itself was making unacceptable alterations to the system. The Flashfake Removal Tool reportedly took the liberty of changing auto-start configurations, browser configurations, and file sharing data. [Apple, Kaspersky via Forbes]

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I would just like to chime in with my user experiences. I use a Mac at home and a PC at work. I prefer the Mac, and would use a Mac at work if my CAD software would run adequately on it. I also used to have a PC laptop at home, and with two teenagers in the house, I would have to wipe the harddrive and start from scratch to kill all of the malware and viruses that infected it. That was with the use of McAffee anti virus software. Several times, it warned me that a virus had been quarantined and asked me if I would like to remove it. At that point the software would try, to no avail, and then the machine would proceed to grind to a halt as the virus continually tried to reinstall itself. Then I found Avast and things got much better. I have not had this problem with Macintosh. My Mac just continues to work. My last Mac finally died due to a capacitor exploding on the power supply after 12 years of continuous service, and when I had to get a new machine, I did not hesitate to buy a new Mac. I don't have the Flashback trojan now, and Apple will come out with a patch to kill it on those that do. I have experienced no crashes of the operating system on my Macintosh ever. I can't say the same for my use of Windows. Programs sometimes crash on Mac, but not the operating system. The Macintosh hardware also continues to work well. If Windows is your thing great, but the extreme bashing and glee with which some of you display when a problem comes up for Macintosh is just mystifying to me. It is also mystifying how Windows users continue to hide behind the statement that there are just more Windows machines out there, so that is why there are more Windows viruses. You would think that a Windows hacker would be working on a Macintosh virus, just to beat down the smug Mac Fanbois that they all hate so much.