Apple Update Mends Dozens of Security Flaws (Windows Users Read This Too)
Apple Computer Inc. today released free software updates that fix at least 43 separate security flaws in its Mac OS X operating system and other products, including a dozen problems with its popular Quicktime media player.
The new version of Quicktime, v. 7.1, is available for both Microsoft Windows and Mac systems, and is downloadable here. Apple said the older versions contain security holes that attackers could use to break into both Windows and Mac machines running the software.
Another patch bundle mends at least 31 security holes in OS X. Among the applications that need patching are Apple's Safari Web browser; Mac OS X's default e-mail program; the password-storing "Keychain" application, Apple's version of the Macromedia Flash player, and QuickDraw.
Updates are available for Mac OS X v10.3.9, Mac OS X Server v10.3.9, Mac OS X v10.4.6 and Mac OS X Server v10.4.6. As always, Mac users should be able to upgrade manually through Apple Downloads or by using OS X's built-in Software Update feature.
Update, 12:47 p.m. ET, May 12:A couple of readers commented that they were looking for the Standalone version of QuickTime that does not include Apple iTunes. You can download the newest version of the standalone Quicktime player (with this latest security patch included) from this link here.
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