Apple has just released a new Java update designed to address the recent Flashback trojan that at one point affected 600,000 Macs. The update (their third Java update in the course of a week) removes elements necessary for the malware to function.
This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware.
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.
This update is recommended for all Mac users with Java installed.
For details about this update see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5242
The update is available immediately through Software Update, and is highly recommended for users of all Macs due to its critical malware-killing security content. The update weighs in at 66.8MB.