Apple releases 31 Security Updates for Tiger & Leopard

Apple Incorporated has released 31 new security-related fixes for both Tiger and Leopard; most of them were geared toward Mac OS X 10.4 as 10.5 was not always affected by the vulnerabilities. The flaws ranged from serious (meaning remote attackers could execute malicious code on an unpatched Mac) to mild (visiting a certain website could crash a given application). Mac programs affected include Address Book, iChat, Mail, Safari, among others. As usual, the updates in question can be downloaded via Software Update preferences, or downloaded directly from Apple’s website (links below).

Download Security Update 2007-009 for: 10.5.1 | 10.4.11 Universal | 10.4.11 PPC

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I wished all you Pro/Anti Mac/Windows idiots would STFU already. Unless you are using both systems, you are merely regurgitating fanboy bile from either camp. I doubt most of you ever actually encountered any issue that needed to be patched.

never encountered an issue that needed to be patched, do you understand what a security isseue is, if you have encountered it you are screwed. ill patch mine before i encounter them thanks. i guess thats why i have never encountered one, becausei patch my machine!!!!

and yeah i haveused both. and i dont just hate mac, i hate MS too. what was your point again

RAID 0 said,
I'm using 2000, XP, Vista, OS X, and Ubuntu. I think I'm covered.

Ha! My BeBox will crush your puny operating systems! ;D

GreyWolfSC said,

Ha! My BeBox will crush your puny operating systems! ;D


Unless you're a woman, I have no interest in your "box".

^---!LTD You're hilarious.

Anyways, as I was saying... Are mac releases going to be front page news now? I think this is a new trend. (New as in, half a year?) Just wondering.

It would be cool if Neowin could allow you to filter news according to your preferences. Eg: Turn Mac news on or off. Microsoft news on or off. Hardware news on or off, etc. Customize your own front page so to speak.

Might reduce the number of articles that degenerate into pointless and heated Apple vs. Microsoft superiority debates.

Seems that when Apple releases security fixes they are "taking care of their users". When Microsoft does the same thing they are incompetent baffoons.

Oh and LTD, that post is a bunch of nonsense. You can spout impervious and impossible all you want but it's still foolish, and putting your entire post in bold doesn't make you any more correct. It just makes your post obnoxious. Any operating system has the potential to be exploited, anyone who says there is a "zero possibility" is ignorant.

slang123 said,
Apple never said OSX was perfect, only that it is better than Windows. Which IMO it is.
If it was so much better than people would be switching at a lot higher rate, so sorry but your wrong!

31 security updates!!!?! come on Microsoft, when you will ever make a perfect OS... every day/week/month we see new security holes... exploits... and it takes time to fix it... damn you Bill Gates and your crapy OS...

oooh wait..... it's Mac OS...

great job Apple... you always keep us safe

As soon as I saw the title of this post I knew there would be some sort of mad Windows/Mac argument going on.

They should have five main headings on the front page...

News
Software
Games
OSX vs. Windows
Firefox/Opera vs. IE7

Then maybe we could just skip all of these bull**** arguments and get to something useful.

By now there should be at least one virus maker ****ed at those mac ******* singing "macs dont have viruses macs wont have viruses tralala and make one just to shut them up.

birdie-87 said,
By now there should be at least one virus maker ****ed at those mac ******* singing "macs dont have viruses macs wont have viruses tralala and make one just to shut them up.

Mac *******?

yeah but they all have windows boxes so how are they gonna write it???????

people with MACS luv them way to much to write a virus for them

whocares78 said,
yeah but they all have windows boxes so how are they gonna write it???????

people with MACS luv them way to much to write a virus for them

Ha ha you are a mac ***** :P

Axon said,

Why?


in no particular order

1. they dont do what i want to do with computers, im a techy and simply half the stuff i run will not run on MAC.
2. the marketing BS MAC does annoys me
3. MAC users ignorance when it comes to security related issues
4. Hardware compatibility
5. upgradeability
6.Price

ill leave it at that. adn before all the have you ever used one questions, yes i was a mac admin for over a year

One day the mac and pc will be equal!!!!......In the amount of worms and viruses that are created for them! Eventually macs will have the same problems. YAY for equal rights!

James812 said,
One day the mac and pc will be equal!!!!......In the amount of worms and viruses that are created for them! Eventually macs will have the same problems. YAY for equal rights!

They'll be equal when Macs no longer have a superior Unix foundation. Right now there are hundreds of thousands of viruses and spyware for Windows. Know how many exist for the Macintosh? 0. Know how many viruses will exist in the future for Windows? Millions. Know how many viruses will exist in the future for the Macintosh? 0.

internetworld7 said,

They'll be equal when Macs no longer have a superior Unix foundation. Right now there are hundreds of thousands of viruses and spyware for Windows. Know how many exist for the Macintosh? 0. Know how many viruses will exist in the future for Windows? Millions. Know how many viruses will exist in the future for the Macintosh? 0. :laugh:

ok PC's also have a linux/unix foundation, and there are unix/linix viruses out there, you keep believeing what you believe, all it does is make you look ignorant and well stupid

internetworld7 said,

They'll be equal when Macs no longer have a superior Unix foundation. Right now there are hundreds of thousands of viruses and spyware for Windows. Know how many exist for the Macintosh? 0. Know how many viruses will exist in the future for Windows? Millions. Know how many viruses will exist in the future for the Macintosh? 0. :laugh:

As a Mac user myself, I find this "head in the sand" mentality frightening.

PsychoDoughBoy said,

As a Mac user myself, I find this "head in the sand" mentality frightening.


ahhhhhhh a mac user that doesnt have his head stuck in the proverbial MAC sand a breath of fresh air around here

internetworld7 said,

They'll be equal when Macs no longer have a superior Unix foundation. Right now there are hundreds of thousands of viruses and spyware for Windows. Know how many exist for the Macintosh? 0. Know how many viruses will exist in the future for Windows? Millions. Know how many viruses will exist in the future for the Macintosh? 0. :laugh:

I bet you have spyware on your Mac right now, you just dont know it!

Most likely those security holes were Identified some "Months ago", it's not like they see the holes and the next day they patch them....though most security holes are patched before the hackers use them, Windows or Mac. Also, get use to it; we are the same, just in different flavors, though one has more market share than the other. One day we all will be equal in the market. As for the virus makers, they will actually have a choice then. Though if it was an even market share between all OSes then virus makers will not feel so good about what they did because it would not affect a large chunk of the world. And Windows would not be attacked as much if that happened.

No, Macs aren't perfect. It's market spin, get over it.

At least Apple got to these before the vulnerabilities got to us.

But... but... Mac OS X is a flawlessly written operating system impervious to viruses, worms and other nasty things only Microsoft Windows users get.

At least that's what Jobs and company tells me in the Mac ads, and they never lie.

sanctified said,
Excuse me, but where it saids this patch resolves worms or viruses?

Well, if theres a vulnerability, that means its not impenetrable by worms/viruses.... if hackers would bother to waste their time exploiting a minority market-shared OS, you'd see more "worms and viruses" for mac.

ispamforfood said,

Well, if theres a vulnerability, that means its not impenetrable by worms/viruses.... if hackers would bother to waste their time exploiting a minority market-shared OS, you'd see more "worms and viruses" for mac.

LOL, you clearly have NO understanding of the Mac's Unix foundation. These security update address vulnerabilities and potential exploits, not viruses which are completely impossible on Mac OS X. I know you PC nuts still computing in the stone ages don't like to hear that and you'll vehemently disagree but guess what? There are still no viruses for the Mac nor will there ever be.

internetworld7 said,

LOL, you clearly have NO understanding of the Mac's Unix foundation. These security update address vulnerabilities and potential exploits, not viruses which are completely impossible on Mac OS X. I know you PC nuts still computing in the stone ages don't like to hear that and you'll vehemently disagree but guess what? There are still no viruses for the Mac nor will there ever be. :cool:


If there are vulnerabilities, there will one day be malware. There isn't any now (well there is, but none are widespread), but saying there won't be any in the future is simply ignorant. If you take a minute and look at how many security flaws are found for the Macintosh and compare it to its rise in popularity, you will see a very obvious pattern. With time, the Mac will gain popularity. With time, its vulnerabilities will grow. Vulnerabilites are exploited for the Mac already, they will be exploited all the more as it grows in popularity.

sanctified said,
Excuse me, but where it saids this patch resolves worms or viruses?

"31 new security-related fixes." the bit that says security related, security issues exist which is how viruses etc get in

internetworld7 said,

LOL, you clearly have NO understanding of the Mac's Unix foundation. These security update address vulnerabilities and potential exploits, not viruses which are completely impossible on Mac OS X. I know you PC nuts still computing in the stone ages don't like to hear that and you'll vehemently disagree but guess what? There are still no viruses for the Mac nor will there ever be. :cool:

you clearly have NO understanding of security and programing, how the hell doe just being MAC make it impossible to get a virus on??? and get over the linux foundation we all know linux has viruses adn vulnerabiliteies too.

my favourite comment of yours which in all honesty just makes you look stupid
"These security update address vulnerabilities and potential exploits, not viruses which are completely impossible on Mac OS X"

know how viruses get into machines?? i didnt think so

internetworld7 said,

LOL, you clearly have NO understanding of the Mac's Unix foundation. These security update address vulnerabilities and potential exploits, not viruses which are completely impossible on Mac OS X. I know you PC nuts still computing in the stone ages don't like to hear that and you'll vehemently disagree but guess what? There are still no viruses for the Mac nor will there ever be. :cool:

Complete and utter nonsense.

Any system is vulnerable to viruses. Windows is the most frequently targetted for two simple reasons. One is its obvious market share, and two is how running code has traditionally had full access to the system. After Vista, this is obviouly no longer the case, but the market share and application compatibility certainly don't help it out much.

OSX is no less vulnerable to viruses that only need user-level access to the system than any other operating system. The only reason they don't exist is because they're very ineffective.

The real trick that malware can use it privledge escalation, which quite frankly OSX has had more of these exploits over the last year than Vista. If they should hit a double digit market share, and actually become a worthwhile target, you can bet you'll begin to see things that use these vulnerabilities.

You obviously have no idea what the "UNIX foundation" actually means, or does for the system.

that is self-explaining!
don't be too blue about the world. its common to care for your second recent OS. see -> XP and all Windows before, or major linux distros...

Glassed Silver:mbl

that is self-explaining!
don't be too blue about the world. its common to care for your second recent OS. see -> XP and all Windows before, or major linux distros...

Glassed Silver:mbl