Instead of giving users the choice, Apple has gone the safe route, blocking the plug-in from within Mac OS X.
The vulnerability allows remote installation of malware such as keyloggers and software that could turn your PC into a zombie for a botnet.
"We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem," said Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT). "This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits. Exploit code for this vulnerability is also publicly available."
Apple was able to block the plug-in by updating its "Xprotect.plist" blacklist "to require a minimum of 1.7.0_10-b19 version of Java 7," which is set for release in a few weeks. All other versions fail the anti-malware checks of the OS.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 12 Jan 2013 18:24