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Apple Issues Another Mac Patch Bundle

Apple today released its second bundle of security updates in as many weeks, issuing updates to fix problems in a few core Mac OS X programs, including the operating system's e-mail client and Safari, the default Web browser.

By preparing a specially crafted e-mail message with attachments and enticing a user to double-click on that attachment within Mail, an attacker could trigger a condition that allows the execution of unwanted programs on the user's system, according to Apple's advisory.

Apple also released an update to fix a problem in which Safari could automatically open a file that appears to be a safe file type -- such as an image or movie -- but is actually an application of the attacker's choosing. Apple said the update also shores up some of the protections in a separate Safari update it issued March 1, when it released a bundle of fixes that mended 20 different software vulnerabilities in OS X.

Updates are available for OS X 10.4.5 and 10.3.9 and the same version numbers of OS X Server. Mac users can upgrade manually through Apple Downloads or through Software Update.

I'm a little surprised Apple didn't wait to release its update until Tuesday, when Microsoft is expected to issue two security patches. In January and then again last month, Apple issued bundles on the second Tuesday, the same day Microsoft releases fixes as part of its regular monthly "Patch Tuesday" cycle.

By Brian Krebs  |  March 13, 2006; 4:14 PM ET
Categories:  New Patches  
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