February 4th 2013
By Mike Flaminio
Java 7 Update 13 is now available from Oracle. The new version patches critical security vulnerabilities. Apple interestedly remotely blocked the browser plugin for the previous version, presumably because of the vulnerabilities. The new version is now unrestricted by Apple.
A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. The Critical Patch Update for Java SE also includes non-security fixes. Critical Patch Updates are cumulative and each advisory describes only the security fixes added since the previous Critical Patch Update and Security Alert. Thus, prior Critical Patch Update and Security Alert advisories should be reviewed for information regarding earlier accumulated security fixes.
The update is available to download from Oracle.
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