Has Apple turned over a new leaf and begun delivering security-related updates in a more timely manner?
Having previously criticised Apple for being too slow to push out updates for third-party components in Mac OS X, it's only fair that I recognise that Java for OS X 2012-004 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 9 appeared just a day after Oracle release Java SE 6 Update 33.
Eleven vulnerabilities are fixed in Update 33 and hence in Java for OS X 2012-004 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 9.
It remains to be seen whether this prompt release is related to the handover of responsibility for Java for Mac to Oracle, or if it marks a new level of attention to security issues by Apple. Or perhaps the company is particularly sensitive about Java in the wake of the widespread infections caused by the Flashback malware which exploited a known but unpatched (as far as the Mac version was concerned) vulnerability in Java.
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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.