Apple says it will develop a tool to remove the Flashback malware reckoned to have infected more than 600,000 Macintosh computers worldwide, most recently via a flaw in Oracle’s Java software, following the worst attacks against the platform in the past decade.
Flashback malware removal tool is now available and addresses the following:
Malware removal Available for: OS X Lion v10.7 or later without Java installed Impact: A Flashback malware removal tool will be run Description: This update runs a malware removal tool that will remove the most common variants of the Flashback malware. If the Flashback malware is found, it presents a dialog notifying the user that malware was removed. There is no indication to the user if malware is not found. This update is available for OS X Lion systems that do not have Java installed.
Flashback malware removal tool may be obtained from the Software Update pane in System Preferences, or Apple’s Software Downloads
web site: http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/
The download file is named: FlashbackMalwareRemover.dmg
Its SHA-1 digest is d4372b9bb14387a20567817ab7e03ea103fdffc2
Information will also be posted to the Apple Security Updates
web site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
This message is signed with Apple’s Product Security PGP key,
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Apple says that the update is recommended for “all Mac users with Java installed.”
Security firm F-Secure on Wednesday also released a free tool to detect and remove Flashback.
Meanwhile security software maker Kaspersky Lab said its free “Kaspersky Flashfake Removal Tool” has been “temporarily suspended,” and apologized for the inconvenience.