Monday, December 15, 2008

Apple Security Update 2008-008 Patches 21 Holes

Security Update 2008-008, which was released today, patches a total of 21 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X, including seven flaws in the Adobe Flash player.

At least half a dozen of the patches were tagged by Apple with its usual "arbitrary code execution" phrasing, a sign that the vulnerabilities are serious and, if exploited, could result in a hacker hijacking a machine. Security Update 2008-008 can be downloaded from the Apple site or installed using Mac OS X's integrated update service. Leopard users, however, won't see the security update separately on the latter; those patches were rolled into the Mac OS X 10.5.6 upgrade also released today.

On a related note, the aforementioned Mac OS X 10.5.6 upgrade released today fixes as many as 36 issues ranging from print reliability to archiving problems. The update also offers "general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac," according to Apple.

A full list of the issues addressed with 10.5.6 can be found here, while a list of the security improvements are likely to appear here within the next day or so. If you want to download the update from Apple's Web site, go here, but the Software Update function is the easiest way to get updated.

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