Apple Patches 31 Security Holes
Apple Computer today released software updates to fix at least 31 separate security flaws in computers powered by different versions of its Mac OS X operating systems. Users can download the free updates using OS X's Software Update feature, or directly from Apple Downloads.
The first update listed in Apple's advisory addresses a problem with the built-in wireless cards on certain Mac systems that researcher HD Moore detailed earlier this month and which can be exploited by attackers to install malicious software. Apple said the vulnerability is present in eMac, iBook, iMac, PowerBook G3, PowerBook G4, and Power Mac G4 systems equipped with an original AirPort card; systems with the AirPort Extreme card are not affected.
Other fixes released today mend easily exploitable conditions, such as bugs that attackers could use to install malicious code just by convincing the user to visit a specially crafted site or font files. Among the many other updates included in this bundle are fixes for ClamAV (an antivirus program) for Mac OS X Server, as well as those to mend a slew of problems with the OS X utility used to unzip compressed files.
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