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Apple Updates Java To Include Flashback Removal 121

Fluffeh writes "In the third update to Java that Apple has released this week, the update now identifies and removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware that has infected over half a million Apple machines. 'This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware,' Apple wrote in the support document for the update. '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.'"
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Apple Updates Java To Include Flashback Removal

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  • by mug funky ( 910186 ) on Thursday April 12, 2012 @08:13PM (#39667671)

    apple's design philosophy is to progressively remove features, so this fits quite well.

    (anyone wanting to knee-jerk at my assertation - give me a counter-example)

  • by codepunk ( 167897 ) on Thursday April 12, 2012 @08:21PM (#39667751)

    I agree what they should have done is remove java entirely.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 12, 2012 @10:18PM (#39668691)

    They're trying to prevent malware by installing their own malware.

    It is absolutely right to disable Java by default. Even the behaviour of disabling it if not used for a while COULD have been a useful feature IF they turned that behaviour on by default then provided an option to disable it. By taking it out of the user's hands they're just playing nanny. But like any nanny stuck in an office many years and many miles away they can't anticipate the needs of their entire userbase very well. They have just made it a pain for any user to use Java in a browser on their platform. No one needs a computer that decides not to obey settings the user had set (no matter how long ago). Think of what would happen if every setting on your computer set to defaults every week or two.

    I can think of ways around this that don't require any technical savvy. Put a local Java applet in as your homepage for instance. But this is clunky. You should be able to say "no I really do know better" and turn on Java.

    This is the problem when applying the principle of least privilege. It is also the principle of least innovation and the principle of most annoyance. The bottom line is no one needs access to a computer just to live and breath. Least privilege is oxygen, water, basic food. Wouldn't be much of a fun life.

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