Apple Fixes Mac OS, Microsoft Intros Messenger

by admin September 30, 2006 at 12:03 pm

Autumn is apple-picking season, so somehow it seems appropriate that Apple would do some picking of its own. Only in this case, it picked some bugs.

The company released a batch of 15 fixes to security holes and vulnerabilities across the operating system and applications.

The update brings the Macintosh OS to revision 10.4.8. The last update came in June. Some of the new fixes are for some pretty interesting bugs. In one case, a corrupted JPEG2000 image could be created to cause a buffer overflow error and arbitrary code execution.

A similar fix was issued for corrupt PICT images, where code could be embedded in the image and cause a buffer overflow and code execution. Apple also issued a pair of Kerberos security-related fixes, a patch to its Safari browser and one for Adobe’s Flash multimedia player.

In more positive news, Microsoft released Messenger for Mac 6.0. The new version, available for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs, lets users tell people what you are listening to on iTunes. Another new features is communication with Yahoo Messenger.

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