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Another Round of Mac Fixes

Apple on Monday released another batch of security and stability fixes for its Mac OS X operating system, the fourth such update bundle in as many weeks.

This collection includes 20 or so stability updates, a few fixes for third-party OS X applications, and at least a couple of security patches, including one to fix an oversight in Apple's new Intel-based machines that allowed a person with physical access to the computer to bypass its firmware password and access the operating system's "single user mode," which allows installation or deletion of any programs.

This latest patch batch brings OS X 10.4.5 up to version 10.4.6 on both Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macs. Apple says if you are updating from OS X versions 10.4, 10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.4.3 or 10.4.4, see this article instead.

Apple also includes a few caveats and notes for users before they upgrade. For example, Apple warns iSync users to perform a full sync with their devices before installing this update. Also, Apple says users my experience "unexpected results" if they have third-party system-software modifications installed. Finally, Apple notes that with the OS X 10.4.6 system update, PowerPC-based Macs will restart twice instead of once.

As always, Mac users should be able to upgrade manually through Apple Downloads or by using OS X's built-in Software Update.

By Brian Krebs  |  April 4, 2006; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  New Patches  
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