Apple has issued the first update of its three-week-old operating system, Leopard. The update fixes a wide range of bugs, as well as fixes for at least 54 security vulnerabilities, many of which could allow attackers to remotely execute code on affected machines.
A whopping 41 vulnerabilities reside in OS X 10.4, which is better known as Tiger, 1of which 15 could lead to "arbitrary code execution." Buggy components include Safari, Kerberos, CFNetwork, AppleTalk, as well as the OS X kernel itself. The updates also fix a security hole in Apple's version of Adobe's Flash Player. Adobe has offered a update since July, but Apple is only now rolling it into its list of automatic updates.
Other component fixed in this update, according to InformationWeek:
Among the fixes: password-protected accounts now show up in the Finder's shared sidebar; disk partitioning when multiple RAID sets are created on the same disk is improved; and an issue that produces alerts when disk images are created using the Disk Utility or Terminal has been resolved.
By default, OS X is set to automatically check for the updates and prompt users to install them, so all you need to do is ensure that your broadband Internet connection has been paid up for the month.
Patches have also been released to plug various holes in the beta version of Safari for Window, which you can update manually.
- Apple ships the first Leopard update (CNET News.com)
- Apple issues 23 updates in two days; highlights of Tiger and Leopard updates (InfoWorld)
- Update: Apple releases first Leopard update (ComputerWorld)
- Apple patches 41 bugs in monster day of fixes (NetworkWorld)
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.