Apple finally offers removal tool for Flashback

Apple has finally released a fix for the Flashback malware that targeted Macs to build a criminal botnet.

Apple finally offers removal tool for Flashback

The company has come under fire for leaving the initial Java vulnerability unpatched for six weeks after it had been discovered, and then taking too long to provide a removal tool once the Flashback malware was spreading.

Days after security companies released free detection and removal tools for the issue, Apple has also released a solution.

“This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware,” the company said of the update.

“This update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable the automatic execution of Java applets,! Apple said. !Users may re-enable automatic execution of Java applets using the Java Preferences application.”

The company said that even if a user turned Java on, the latest version would automatically disable applets if it detected that none had been run “for an extended period of time” in a bid to prevent unnecessary risk in future on machines where Java it rarely used.

The company recommended all Mac users with Java to install the update.

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