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Angered by Apple delay, hacker posts Mac Java attack code

Angered by Apple delay, hacker posts Mac Java attack code

In an effort to draw attention to a long-standing security problem in Apple’s Mac OS X operating system, a security researcher has posted attack code that exploits the flaw.

The software, which could be used by hackers to run an unauthorized system on a Mac, was posted Tuesday by Landon Fuller, a security researcher in San Francisco. It exploits a nasty bug in the Java software that ships with Mac OS X. This bug was fixed by Java’s creator, Sun Microsystems, on Dec. 3, but Apple has still not included the fix in its software updates.

“Unfortunately, it seems that many Mac OS X security issues are ignored if the severity of the issue is not adequately demonstrated,” Fuller wrote in a blog posting describing the issue. “Due to the fact that an exploit for this issue is available in the wild, and the vulnerability has been public knowledge for six months, I have decided to release my own proof of concept.”

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