Apple has released an update to Java for Mac OS X to address multiple vulnerabilities. Instances that are not updated are susceptible to maliciously crafted, untrusted Java applets that may lead to arbitrary code execution while browsing the Internet.
The IT Security Office advises that owners of the software listed below update to the latest version of their installed software.
Security bulletin names:
HT5677 Java for OS X 2013-002 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 14
Release date: Mar 4, 2013
Additional information about this vulnerability can be viewed at: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5677
OIT has defined the following categories to describe the severity of security risks:
URGENT severity represents a broad threat to the entire campus community.
SEVERE severity included remote exploits and worms.
IMPORTANT severity includes virus and local exploits for commonly used services.