Thursday, November 11, 2010

Apple Finally Finds Time And Fixes 134 Vulnerabilities In MAC OS X,

Apple Fixes 130 Vulnerabilities In MAC OS X,
I have not updated yet but the Apple Patch machine has released a ginormous patch release, the largest ever, so far.
The updates came for Mac OS X 10.6, (Snow Leopard), and OS X 10.5, (Leopard), was Apple's first since September and the seventh for the year. But even with 134 bugs fixed, there many left to be fixed it seems, according to experts in the field.
But one must also know that 55 or 47% of the bugs fixed were related to Adobe Flash! No wonder Steve Jobs does not want flash near his iWares.
 But it is catching up to MAC OS X machines as well, the new MacBook Air laptop it the company's first Flash-less Mac OS X system.
Of the 79 non-Flash patches in Wednesday's massive collection, 16 were related to X11, Apple's implementation of the Unix X Windows System; nine affected QuickTime, Apple's own media player; four were in OS X's ImageIO component; and another four resided in Apple Type Services (ATS), the operating system's font renderer.
Considering the size of the upgrade which is between 240MB and 645MB for the client version of Mac OS X it might be better to download the update first rather than trying to update via the system. There are reports of problems appearing in  Apple's support forum. Several users, for instance, said that they were unable to connect with 802.11n wireless networks after upgrading to 10.6.5.
But the biggest trouble was with users with encrypted hard drives using PGP's Whole Disk Encryption software. Users reported that Macs would not boot after the update, forcing them to restore from backups. PGP says if you decrypt the drive first there is not problem with updating.
You can download the patches from Apple Support.
Read more at Computerworld


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