Apple Security Fix for OS X

Friday, February 3, 2012 @ 11:02 AM gHale

Apple released a security update for its OS X Lion, Snow Leopard and Server platforms.

The OS X 10.7.3 release would patch Lion systems, while the 2012-001 security update would be available to Snow Leopard and OS X server machines, company officials said.

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The update, Apple’s first major OS X security fix of the year, will include 38 patches for security vulnerabilities in the operating system.

Among the applications and components patched in the update are Apple’s QuickTime multimedia tool. The software received fixes for six vulnerabilities which could allow for remote code execution by way of specially crafted image and video files.

Apple also issued updates for the OS X Apache and PHP components, along with fixes for a vulnerability in Time Machine and an update which blocks poorly-secured root certificates from DigiNotar Malaysia.

While none of the flaws addressed in the update have seen any associated malware, OS X users find themselves facing an increasing number of threats.

The emergence of the Mac Defender platform has lead some researchers to conclude Mac OS will be a more popular target than ever in 2012.

Users can obtain the update by running the OS X software update tool or by manually downloading the package form Apple’s support site.

The release comes as Apple is seeing some of its strongest ever Mac sales. The company estimated last quarter it sold 5.2 million Macs, up 26 per cent over the previous year.

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