Apple Patches System-Level Java with Security Fixes

Apple's JavaSpeaking of Java updates, Apple also issued an update for the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_43. Apple hasn't yet posted the specifics for this update, but it likely incorporates the same fixes Oracle addressed earlier on Monday with its Java browser plugin patch.

Apple's update is called "Java for OS X 2013-002" and it's for OS X 10.7 and later.

As with the other recent Apple-supplied Java updates, this patch is for the system-wide runtime used for Java applications. It deletes the old Apple-supplied browser plugin and removes the Java Preferences application that is outdated.

There is no direct download link (yet) in the KnowledgeBase article, but it is showing up in the Mac App Store. We recommend installing it ASAP as the Java exploit it likely addresses is being exploited in the wild.

Users who want the most recent version of the browser plugin should head to Oracle's Java website.