Apple's thrown in the towel on the Java mess and has, for the second time in two weeks, blocked all versions of Java on OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and later. Read More ..
The new block applies to the plugin for Java 7 update 11 version 1.7.0_11-b22, which, like last time, is one build ahead of the current version 1.7.0_11-b21.
According to The Register, the blockade was first noted by the French blog MacGeneration.
Apple issued the update to its XProtect malware-handling system in OS X early Thursday morning. XProtect is a rudimentary anti-malware system built into recent releases of Mac OS X that Apple updates periodically to blacklist certain malware.