Apple has released a security update for the Java platform running on its Mac operating systems Leopard and Snow Leopard.
The security update for Oracle's software patches a total of 27 vulnerabilities affecting Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, some of which could be exploited to execute malicious code in order to take control of a compromised Mac system.
The updates patched 16 vulnerabilities related to Java SE 6 and 11 vulnerabilities in Java SE 5 on the Mac OS X 10.5, while another 16 Java SE 6 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X 10.6 were also patched.
According to Computer World, the vulnerabilities patched in the Java SE 6 platform by Apple had already received an update from Oracle in a February 15th patch release.
The java update, which is Apple's first since October 2010, comes after the company warned its developers not to expect future versions of Mac OS X to come with Java in-built.
“The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products,” Apple had said at that time.
The Java updates range from 75GB to 120GB in size, and can be downloaded from Apple’s site or installed using the integrated update service on the operating system.