Apple releases OS X security patches

by admin November 30, 2005 at 11:10 am

Apple Computer has issued “highly critical” security updates to address more than a dozen vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system.

Apple released on Tuesday security patches for Mac OS X 10.4.3, otherwise known as Tiger, as well as Mac OS X 10.3.9, dubbed Panther, according to the company’s advisory.

Thirteen security flaws were found in areas related to the Apache 2 Web server, curl technology and the Safari browser. The vulnerabilities ranged from potentially letting an attacker launch a denial-of-service attack to taking control of a person’s system remotely.

“The most severe of these are the vulnerabilities found in curl and the PCRE library used by Safari,” said Thomas Kristensen, chief technology officer for security site Secunia, which rated Apple’s updates as “highly critical”–the second highest danger ranking.

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