Apple Patches 93 Security Holes
Apple this week pushed out one of its biggest bushels of security updates in a long while, fixing more than 90 vulnerabilities in nearly every major component of its operating system and supporting software. Apple also released updates for the Windows version of its Safari Web browser.
Updates are available for server and desktop versions of Mac OS X Tiger (10.4.x) and Leopard (10.5.x). Mac users can grab the updates via the built-in Software Update feature. Safari for Windows users should run the bundled Apple Software Update program to grab the latest version.
By my count, Apple fixed at least 93 security vulnerabilities if you include the Safari bundle. Although, to be fair, many of the flaws addressed in the OS X bundle include fixes for OS X versions of third-party applications.
For example, nearly 20 of the updates correct problems in the Mac version of ClamAV, an anti-virus program. However, a number of flaws -- such as those fixed in Apple's Foundation level and the built-in Help Viewer application -- are quite serious, as Apple says they could be exploited just by convincing a user to click on a malicious link or visit a Web site built to target the flaw.
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