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Important Mac OS X update - requires immediate action

April 13, 2012

SCS Mac OS X users should run Software Update immediately in order to get the LATEST Java security update from Apple (Java for OS X 2012-003). This update will remove common variants of the Flashback malware, if detected.

For more information on this latest Apple security update:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5242

AFFECTED USERS: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and 10.7 (Lion)

SUMMARY: Carnegie Mellon is detecting an increased number of infected computers related to new malware called "Flashback." Flashback infects MAC OS X computers by exploiting vulnerabilities in Java. FlashBack steals usernames and passwords for online payment, banking and credit card websites without user interaction.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Run the latest Apple security updates for your Mac operating system:

1. Go to Apple > Software Update.

2. Once Software Update has run, install all available updates.

3. If prompted, enter an administrator account name and password.

4. Click Install.

5. If prompted, restart your computer.

Updates are found at: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1338

MORE INFORMATION: For more information visit Apple security alert athttp://support.apple.com/kb/HT5228

Please contact help@cs.cmu.edu or call the SCS Help Desk (x8-4231) if you have questions or problems with applying these patches.

Thank you for your attention,

SCS Help Desk