Apple has issued a Panther-specific update to Java.
The company says Java Update v.1.4.1 "delivers functional enhancements and improved stability for running Java applications and applets".
It contains support for both Java 1.4.1 and Java 1.3.1, and Apple "strongly recommends" that all users install the update.
This follows the recent Security Update 2003-10-28 for Mac OS X 10.3. Apple's notes accompanying that release stated: "Security Update 2003-10-28 addresses a potential vulnerability in the implementation of QuickTime Java in Mac OS X 10.3 and Mac OS X Server 10.3 that could allow unauthorized access to a system."