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Apple releases mega update for Leopard

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.

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.

According to The Register:

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.

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12 comments
Shaw5544
Shaw5544

Oh boy ? another Apple announcement or "media event" for stuff we can buy that, if iTunes is any kind of reference point, will work slowly if at all, and people will pay a lot of money for it because they're that unfulfilled as people. At any rate, the Apple announcement is that they're unveiling a few things. There's Apple iTunes 9, and iTunes LP ? which will include visual aids like liner notes for downloaded music. Steve Jobs was there, and he also announced updates to the Apple Store, which will tell you what applications to get. There's new iPods and other products to get, too, and each Apple announcement leads to people getting payday cashto buy more stuff. Read More: http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/09/09/apple-announcement-iphones-cameras-itunes/

Tig2
Tig2

Something that Microsoft has declined- for nearly a year- to do with Vista. I used to write code. My code had bugs. Sometimes I missed them. Sometimes- most of the time- I had to fix missed bugs in what I thought was clean code. It's a NON-ISSUE. I don't recall reading that Apple thought that they were God. When I bought my MacBook, I received Tiger pre-installed and a disk with the Leopard upgrade. I also received the Tiger disks in their entirety. Can you do that with a Vista box? Oh, and my EULA specified the parts of the OS that are licensed under the GPL. And another thought- the hardware is OS agnostic. I can slice and dice the HDD to run anything... even Windows. All at the same time. Try reinforcing the thought that we should use the OS that best suits the users needs instead of trying to incite OS wars!

filker0
filker0

This article suffers from a lack of proof-reading, as well as a lack of in-depth information. As is pointed out by another responder, the quotes from the Register article seem to be all about Tiger, and it's unclear whether these carried over to Leopard. "Other component fixed in this update..." and "... the beta version of Safari for Window, which you..." are both glaring examples of copy-edit problems.

pkdesign
pkdesign

Hmm, three weeks and Apple is already fixing issues. And when will Vista SP1 be released? You tell me which is the more responsive company?

frylock
frylock

The article refers to a Leopard update, but the Register quote talks about 10.4/Tiger. Are we talking about two different updates? If not, which version is this about?

yobtaf
yobtaf

You know that if you make your icon the correct aspect ratio, it wouldn't look squeezed.

yobtaf
yobtaf

God willing, we will prevail, in peace and freedom from fear, and in true health, through the purity and essence of our natural fluids

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