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Apple, Mozilla Push Security Updates

Apple on Wednesday issued an update that plugs at least two dozen security holes in the version of Java that runs on Mac OS X systems. Mozilla also pushed out patches to correct a number of security and stability issues with its latest version of the Firefox Web browser.

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By my count, Apple's Java updates address 24 separate security flaws in its implementation of Java. The majority of these flaws were fixed in security updates that Sun Microsystems has been shipping since April, but Apple maintains its own version of Java and is responsible for managing those updates for OS X systems.

The Java update is slightly different depending on whether you're an OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or 10.5 (Leopard) user. Either way, the Java patch is available through Software Update or directly from Apple Downloads.

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Firefox is configured to install all updates automatically (after the browser is closed out and restarted), so users should receive a prompt to install the latest 3.0.2 version soon. Interested users can read about the changes in this new version of Firefox here.

By Brian Krebs  |  September 25, 2008; 1:30 PM ET
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Thanks as always for the heads up! From apple's website:

"This release updates Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_07, J2SE 5.0 to version 1.5.0_16, and J2SE 1.4.2 to 1.4.2_18."

Posted by: Stern | September 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'll note there was also an update to Seamonkey today. People tend to forget about Seamonkey -- it is the bundled Mozilla product (browser+mail+web editor) that is the poor stepcousin of Firefox.

Posted by: Daniel | September 25, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if Firefox/Thunderbird will auto update if I do my browsing on a limited user account?

Posted by: Limited | September 25, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

@Daniel-- It *should* update just fine under a limited user account. However, I have had experiences in a LUA where it installs the update but also complains that it couldn't update all components. In those cases, I've found it works best to backup your profile and then reinstall FF from scratch.

Posted by: Bk | September 26, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Bk

Posted by: Limited | September 26, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

@Daniel,

I think it depends on whether you originally installed Firefox and/or Thunderbird under your LUA account or under an admin account. If under an admin account, I think the LUA account may not be able to update/alter/overwrite files installed under the admin account.

Posted by: Stern | October 1, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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