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Apple Pushes Peck of Patches

Apple on Monday issued software updates to plug more than two dozen security holes in its OS X operating systems and various software applications.

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The company also issued a patch to fix a security vulnerability in Safari for the Mac (this issue was already addressed in a previous update for Windows XP and Vista versions of Safari). The updates are available through Apple Software Update or directly from Apple Downloads.

Apple does not apppear to have fixed the rather serious vulnerability in its Apple Remote Desktop program, which allows any program to run on a Mac user's machine without first prompting the user to enter his or her user name and password.

Given that a team of hackers has now released a Trojan toolkit that can be used to seamlessly piggyback malicious software onto any downloadable application, I half expected Apple to fix that vulnerability, as the fix itself is fairly simple. If you're a Mac user and have been holding out for the company to fix this for you, it's probably best just to go ahead apply one of the simple fixes listed in this blog post from last month.

By Brian Krebs  |  July 1, 2008; 5:23 PM ET
Categories:  From the Bunker , Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  
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Comments

Wow, someone should get Apple a subscription to the Washington Post!

Did they plug the AirTunes vulnerabilities?

Osama bin Laden just got a new Mac Pro with Apple Remote Desktop. He says it´s great!

Posted by: Singing Senator | July 1, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Apple should also include tools like Snort in the default install.

I would like to see this column provide tips on using such tools proactively on Darwin instead of just the latest security fix which is too late anyway.

Posted by: Singing Senator | July 1, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

OSX has never been the best at having a secure desktop.

Nor have they ever been good at supplying fixes, and even then, not in a timely manner.

And that's in comparison to the OS they keep on bashing on called XP or Vista.

Can we start having commercials making fun of OSX? Then it might actually be factual.

Posted by: jabberwolf | July 2, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

I have tried running the script > in Terminal, and all I get is a complicated error message

I am running OS X 10.5.4 on a 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo Intel iMac

Not sure what all the fuss is about.

Posted by: mcoombs | July 2, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

When its Windows that has some security vulnerabilities oh how the Mac people make a big deal out of it.When its Mac with security patches its no big deal.Those TV commercials say Mac is so secure why on earth would they need to put out security patches , I know why If the Mac Os ever gets a big enough market share to make it worthwhile for hackers to go after the Mac OS , we will see then how safe you really are.

Posted by: Robert | July 2, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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