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iTunes 11.0.2 Update:
(Available via Software Update or www.apple.com/itunes/download/)

"About iTunes 11.0.2
The new iTunes includes a dramatically simplified player, a completely redesigned Store, and iCloud features you'll love-this is the best iTunes yet....
  This update adds a new Composers view for music, improves responsiveness when syncing playlists with a large number of songs, and fixes an issue where purchases may not show up in your iTunes library. This update also includes other stability and performance improvements."
(see linked page for details)

Mac SHA1= 836a5aaae030a7a138d49824317b3a5f01a631d1
Windows SHA1= 2278b02524d142428182b3741cac78abb1600ab3
Windows 64 SHA1= db9b80788fbaf432ed10c281cb94c263373fb0d5

System Requirements:
OS X version 10.6.8 or later
Windows XP SP2 or later, 32-bit Windows Vista, 7 or 8.
(Separate page for iTunes 11.0.2 for Windows 64)"


Java for OS X 10.6 Update 13 (Java 6 Update 41)
[Update: Link below as of 3/4/2013 has Java 6 Update 43.]
"About Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13
Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 13 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_41.

On systems that have not already installed Java for Mac OS X 10.6 update 9 or later, this update will configure web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled "Inactive plug-in" on a web page. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.

Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5651 for more details about this update.
See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update. (See Apple Docs listing below for specific article.)

SHA1=5327984bc0b300c237fe69cecf69513624f56b0e

System Requirements: Mac OS X v10.6.8"

As with the previous updates IIRC, today's updates from Apple also check for existing Malware and will remove it if found.

I don't use Java but you can check Apple's OS X Forums for feedback from those that do.
(On a related note, Apple reportedly has admitted they recently had some Macs hacked due to Java plugin vulnerabilities. BTW: Google safe browsing check (2-19-2013) reported a couple pages (out of 21000+ tested) at Apple.com as suspicious. ("2 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent.... Malicious software includes 3 virus, 1 trojan(s)"). I wish they included specific pages in their reports. Saw another report on Jan 15th and IIRC a couple times last year. Some other popular sites have far worse/more frequent cases however. Try checking their reports on Amazon frequently.)
  

Java for OS X 2013-001 (for OS X 10.7-10.8.x)
[Update: Link below as of 3/4/2013 has Java 6 Update 43.]
"About Java for OS X 2013-001
Java for OS X 2013-001 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_41.

On systems that have not already installed Java for OS X 2012-006, this update disables the Java SE 6 applet plug-in. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5573 for more details about this update.
See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update. (See Apple Docs listing below for specific article.)

SHA1=145d74354241cf2f567d2768bbd0a7185e7d308a

System Requirements:
OS X SnowLeopard v10.6 or later (incorrect)
OS X Lion v10.7 or later
OS X Mountain Lion v10.8 or later"

Download page also lists OS X 10.6, but I think that's a typo as the "About" doc says "OS X 10.7 and later". (Separate Java for OS X 10.6 update 13 (above) covers 10.6.x and this update is for OS X Lion/Mountain Lion. I'm on a 10.5.8 machine currently and can't check that but it was later confirmed by BDA.) [A few days later they corrected a misspelling of Mountain on the D/L page but OS X 10.6 or later remains.]
  

Oracle posts Java 7 Update 15 for OS X 10.7.3 and later:
[Update: Links below as of 3/4/2013 have Java 7 Update 17.]
After seeing the Java 6 updates today (above), I checked and saw Oracle's (dev) Java page has downloads of Java SE Runtime Environment 7 Update 15 and Java SDK 7 update 15 for OS X x64 (OS X 10.7.3 or later per their Certified System Configs) and other OS's (cookies required for accepting License Agreement). (For anyone that missed it in previous posts on Oracle Java updates, here's their Java for Macs FAQ.)

Here's a repeat of Oracle's docs for Mac users:


  
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  • Another DIY Low-cost 2008 Mac Pro Dual 3.2GHz Quad-Core CPU Upgrade
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