Apple updates Mountain Lion OS, includes Java Web Start fix

Share this article:
Apple updates Mountain Lion OS, includes Java Web Start fix
Apple updates Mountain Lion OS, includes Java Web Start fix

Apple has released a security update for its Mountain Lion operating system, which patched 21 flaws, including a vulnerability that could allow a Java Web Start application to be launched automatically, despite Java being disabled.

On Thursday, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3 became available for users, who last received an update to the operating system in September.

In the update, Apple detailed the now-patched Java Web Start vulnerability (CVE-2013-0967).

“Visiting a maliciously crafted website could allow a Java Web Start application to be launched automatically even if the Java plug-in is disabled,” the update said. Java Web Start allows users to download and run Java applications using their web browser.

The Java Web Start patch is available for users of OS X Lion (versions 10.7 to 10.7.5), OS X Lion Server (versions 10.7 to 10.7.5), and OS X Mountain Lion (versions 10.8 to 10.8.2).

With the update, Apple also released its latest Safari browser for Mac users, version 6.0.3, which patched 17 vulnerabilities. Of the bugs, 15 were flaws in WebKit, the open-source engine used to render web pages. The vulnerabilities could allow an unexpected application termination, arbitrary code execution or cross-site scripting attacks.

Share this article:

Sign up to our newsletters

More in News

In Cisco probe, misuse or compromise spotted on all firms' networks

In Cisco probe, misuse or compromise spotted on ...

Cisco analyzed the business networks of 30 multinational companies last year, and revealed the findings in its 2014 Annual Security Report.

Fareit trojan observed spreading Necurs, Zbot and CryptoLocker

The Necurs and Zbot trojans, as well as CryptoLocker ransomware, has been observed by researchers as being spread through another trojan, known as Fareit.

Post Heartbleed, tech giants join initiative to bolster open source

Post Heartbleed, tech giants join initiative to bolster ...

The newly formed Core Infrastructure Initiative, created to boost under-funded open source projects, will tackle OpenSSL first.