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New Java vulnerability discovered

Published January 10th, 2013 at 2:15 PM EST , modified January 10th, 2013 at 2:15 PM EST

Seems like it hasn’t been that long since we were talking about the last one of these, but the vicious cycle begins again. Brian Krebbs has reported the discovery of a new vulnerability that affects even users of the latest version of Java (Java 7 Update 10). Once again, users are advised to disable Java in their web browsers.

It has been claimed that exploits for the new vulnerability have been added to several malware crime kits, including the infamous Blackhole. Obviously, this is going to be most concerning to Windows users, but don’t think you’re out of the woods just because you’re using a Mac! Blackhole is known to include Mac code, and can be used to infect Macs via any available vulnerability that it is capable of exploiting. There are no mentions anywhere of new Blackhole infections among Mac users, but nonetheless, it would be wise to exercise caution. You should immediately disable Java in your web browser, if you have Java installed.

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