HT5246: About Flashback malware removal toolLearn about About Flashback malware removal tool
Currently Being ModeratedApr 13, 2012 10:36 PM (in response to eyrehead)
The update will not appear unless you are running Java on your Mac.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 13, 2012 10:38 PM (in response to eyrehead)
In terminal.app copy and paste:
enter your password and return (password will not be echoed.)
Here is a good overview:MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.4GHz IntelCorei5 320GB HD 8GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2012 4:05 AM (in response to eyrehead)
As stated, this update only shows up in Software Update if you have Java installed. But if you aren't sure whether you may have installed that already or just want to know if you have Java, try opening the Java Preferences app, found in /Applications/Utilities. If it complains and asks you to install a Java runtime, you don't have Java. If it opens up without complaint, you do.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2012 8:59 AM (in response to thomas_r.)
Are you sure it only shows up in Software Update if Java is installed? This update "tool" is intended for Lion users that do not have Java installed, so it would be kind of stupid if it only showed up when it wasn't needed.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2012 9:37 AM (in response to R C-R)
When I answered, I don't believe that the "Lion with no Java" update had shown up in Software Update yet. At this point, though, every machine running 10.6 or 10.7 should see a Flashback-related update in Software Update... unless it has already been installed.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2012 10:28 AM (in response to thomas_r.)
Looks like this happened today, within the last 12 hours in fact:
It appears in Software Update as "Flashback malware removal tool" version 1.0.
I have no Java runtime installed, nor is it enabled in any browsers, and java_home results in this:
Johns-iMac:SystemConfiguration john$ sudo /usr/libexec/java_home
Unable to find any JVMs matching version "(null)".
No Java runtime present, try --request to install.
I was offered no other Java-related software updates until now.
I can only conclude Apple released this update in an abundance of caution.MacBooks iMacs iPods AirPorts, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 27 years Apple!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2012 10:51 AM (in response to John Galt)
John Galt wrote:
I can only conclude Apple released this update in an abundance of caution.
Perhaps it is intended to protect Lion users that might install an unpatched version of Java in the future, like say from a saved, now out-of-date download?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2012 11:08 AM (in response to R C-R)
Probably, but I imagine the dirtbags that wrote Flashback are already working on another.
Version 1.0 of this "malware removal tool" is not likely to be the last