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donoreo
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join:2002-05-30
North York, ON

[SU] Java for OS X 2012 -003

»www.macrumors.com/2012/04/12/app···malware/

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.

This update is recommended for all Mac users with Java installed.

For details about this update see: »support.apple.com/kb/HT5242
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Mike
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Let's change the topic a bit... should Apple start FORCE pushing updates out in response to threats? Inverse kill switch like in iOS?



bobrk
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said by Mike:

Let's change the topic a bit... should Apple start FORCE pushing updates out in response to threats? Inverse kill switch like in iOS?

Eh? Can you imagine the backlash if the largest company in the world didn't?


Name Game
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join:2002-07-07
Grand Rapids, MI
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reply to donoreo

For those of you who would like to know how this 'tool' works..this is a very good write up...

A look at Apple's Flashback removal tool

»reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57···al-tool/
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haroldo

join:2004-01-16
united state
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reply to Mike

said by Mike:

... Inverse kill switch like in iOS?

What does this mean? (in simple terms), thanks!


Mike
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If you download an application on your iWhatever and Apple recalls it. It presses a button and it's deleted everywhere.

Meaning, if there is an update Apple wants you to have.. the Flashback removal tool, should it be able to press a button and you start downloading it?
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haroldo

join:2004-01-16
united state
kudos:1

I think there's a big difference between taking something off and forcing something on.
I wouldn't mind it if people signed up voluntarily...click here to have updates automatically installed...
For the >80% who are basically clueless, it might be a good idea!

I imagine some/most geeks would flip their lid if it were automatic by default.



Mike
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join:2000-09-17
Pittsburgh, PA
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Automatic updates are enabled by default. I mean, actually push it without acknowledgment at their discretion.



haroldo

join:2004-01-16
united state
kudos:1

Really? I thought I needed to approve every installation.



Mike
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join:2000-09-17
Pittsburgh, PA
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Which brings up my first post...
"should Apple start FORCE pushing updates out in response to threats?"



haroldo

join:2004-01-16
united state
kudos:1

Oh, got it.
If anyone cares, I'd vote for a ballot screen for folks to accept automatic updates (decision needs to be refreshed every six months).
Most non-advanced users ignore updates and never install them. Better to force it on them...for their own good once they agree (even though it might 'brick' a few machines every few years....odds pretty low...and the risk here is lower than the risk of using an out of date system).