Apple has released a Java update that removes the Flashback Trojan that had infected over half-a-million Macs around the globe.
Apple had received plenty of heat for the problem, despite reports earlier this week suggesting Apple was working on a fix. The download will be a welcome relief for those affected.
The update also disables automatic execution of Java applets, a move that aims to check similar outbreaks in the future.
Update's release notes in full:
This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware.
This update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable the automatic execution of Java applets. Users may re-enable automatic execution of Java applets using the Java Preferences application. If the Java web plug-in detects that no applets have been run for an extended period of time it will again disable Java applets.
Java for OS X Lion 2012-003 delivers Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_31 and supersedes all previous versions of Java for OS X Lion.
This update is recommended for all Mac users with Java installed.