Leopard OS Flashback Patch

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 02:05 PM gHale

Apple released patches that defend users of its older Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system against threats.

These security fixes help defend Mac users working on the two-year-old operating system against assaults by the Flashback Trojan. Users of the newer Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7) operating systems received equivalent fixes last month.

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Apple’s Leopard Flashback Removal Security Update should clean up Macs running the legacy OS which are not yet running an anti-virus package. In addition, the security update disables Safari’s Java plugin by default.

Meanwhile Leopard Security Update 2012-003 disables older versions of Adobe Flash Player, encouraging users to get the latest version directly from Adobe’s website.

Both updates can download via the Software Update feature built into Mac OS X, but will only “take” if the latest version of that particular track of the operating system, Mac OS X Leopard version 10.5.8, is running.

Apple is acting to prevent users of legacy versions of its operating system from harboring the Flashback Trojan, which tarnished its reputation for security as a result. Such support is unlikely to continue indefinitely and likely to disappear entirely once Apple updates Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

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