Feeds

Apple update plugs security vulns

Beefs OS X, Java, Safari for Windows

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Apple has released a set of security updates that plug over two dozen holes in Mac OS X - including the Safari RSS vuln discovered last month - plus a vuln apiece in Java for Mac OS X 10.5, 10.4, and Safari for Windows.

According to an Apple support document, Security Update 2009-001 addresses vulns that include "multiple vulnerabilites" in fetchmail and possible arbitrary code execution in certain situations involving Apple Pixlet Video, CarbonCore, ClamAV, CoreText, perl, python, Safari RSS, SMB, and X11.

Apple reports that the Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 3 and Mac OS X 10.4 Update 8 both address "Multiple vulnerabilities in Java Web Start and Java Plug-in," the most serious of which can also result in arbitrary code execution when "visiting a web page containing a maliciously crafted Java applet."

The Safari 3.2.2 for Windows update addresses the aforementioned Safari RSS vuln.

We advise Mac OS X users to either run Software Update to obtain these vuln-killers or download them from Apple's support site. Windows XP and Vista users can upgrade to Safari 3.2.2 by going to Apple's Safari site and clicking the Download Now button.

While Apple has had more than its share of upgrade problems in recent months, we can report that we've experienced no problems after installing these security updates. But it wouldn't be a bad idea to keep your eye on MacFixIt and MacInTouch for a couple of days.

In a Conficker/Downadup world, it's better to be safe than sorry. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released
File under 'this is going to hurt you more than it hurts me'
Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach
Meanwhile, Target investigators prepare for long process in nabbing hackers
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.