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Apple posts OS X security, iPod Shuffle updates

Jobs'll fix it

Apple has posted its latest Mac OS X security patch, geared toward versions 10.3.9 and 10.4.2 of the operating system, including its Server incarnation.

The fix, dubbed Security Update 2005-008, is available for download here (Mac OS X 10.39), here (Mac OS X 10.4.2) or can be grabbed using the Software Update pane in the System Preferences utility.

The patch adjusts a number of core systems and applications, protecting Macs against deliberately corrupted GIF and PICT images, and maliciously crafted web page archives. It also tweaks Mail and other components so they don't expose potentially sensitive information to prying eyes. Similarly some system software elements are modified to prevent untrusted code from being executed.

A full run-down of the Update's adjustments can be found here.

Apple also released its latest iPod update, 2005-09-23, which adds iPod Shuffle firmware 1.1.2 to the collection of firmware code for all iPod models Apple has released for other players over time. Version 1.1.2 fixes a number of Shuffle bugs, Apple said, but it did not elaborate further.

Again, the patch is available from Software Update, or by download here. ®

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