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Apple lets Java back on Mac OS with another update

04 Feb 2013
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Apple users are once again able to use the Java platform on Mac OS X following the release of a new security update.

The MacBook maker released a patch allowing Java to run on Mac OS X on 1 February, just days after blocking it via its in-built security tools.

Apple had blocked Java by adding it to its XProtect blacklist late in January, amid security concerns.

Security researchers had warned criminals were exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Java using an attack linked to the infamous Blackhole exploit kit.

The vulnerability's discovery led to a backlash within the security community that culminated in the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) urging users to disable Java in their web browser.

Though Oracle has released numerous patches designed to fix Java's security holes there are still ongoing concerns around the platform.

Most recently social media service Twitter reported attackers had compromised 250,000 passwords in a data breach that some industry watchers was related to Java vulnerabilities.

While official news regarding the data breach remain vague, security experts speaking to V3 have suggested Java would provide hackers one of the most direct routes to the data.

The incidents have all led to calls for organisations to turn Java off to prevent security breaches.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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