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Apple unleashes monster patch batch on Mac faithful

by Parm Mann on 19 March 2008, 17:01

Tags: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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Dan Goodin of The Register reports:


The massive patch batch amounts to a download of more than 105MB, and that doesn't include a separate 25MB file that installs version 3.1 of Apple's Safari browser. Mac users who haven't already been prompted to install the updates should apply them manually by opening the OS X system preferences and choosing Software Update.

The updates address bugs in both desktop and server components, several of which allow attackers to remotely execute malicious code on a victim's machine. Vulnerable components include the Mac implementation of OpenSSH, Apache, CUPS, Kerberos and ClamAV. The Help Viewer and core networking features were also patched.

This is the biggest Apple patch fest in recent memory, eclipsing even last November's release of an update that fixed 54 security bugs. They come as Apple software and hardware continue to gain more market share. Apple's patch practise is in sharp contrast to Microsoft's more measured approach, in which a smaller number of updates are released each month.



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This just reminded me to check and update my mac …
hahahahaha! so much for the Mac's never get viruses.
matty-hodgson
hahahahaha! so much for the Mac's never get viruses.

You are wrong… It doesn't mean that there were viruses… its just problems that they found (and no one else did) then fixed :)
SiM
You are wrong… It doesn't mean that there were viruses… its just problems that they found (and no one else did) then fixed :)

but it gave them chance to get viruses :P
i remember reading about a mac virus aswell :P
quite a while ago though, and it was only 1.
matty-hodgson
but it gave them chance to get viruses :P
i remember reading about a mac virus aswell :P
quite a while ago though, and it was only 1.


Although there are growing numbers of mac's out there, the proportion of them compared to anything windows is based, is very small. And that being the case if your trying to get a virus to briing down as many people as possible, you just simply wouldnt target the mac market. (oh and its harder to break into a mac :P)