Earlier this week, we reported that Apple is working on their own software to detect and remove the flashback trojan which has infected 600,000 Macs. Last week, a Java update was released to fix the security flaw that the virus was attacking. Now, Apple has released Java for OS X 2012-003, an update to the Java implementation in OS X.
This update removes “the most common variants of the Flashback malware.” Also, the update disables the automatic execution of Java applets, and, if automatic execution is re-enabled, will again disable it if no applets have been run for “an extended period of time”.
The update can be downloaded via Software Update. A separate Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 8 is available for users on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.