Monday, October 13, 2008

Apple closes open-source flaws with latest patch

Apple plugged on Friday at least 40 security holes affecting its Mac OS X operating system, releasing a patch to upgrade the software and install new security certificates.

The vast majority of the vulnerabilities affect the open-source components of the Mac OS X, including the MySQL database server, the PHP dynamic Web language, the Tomcat Java server, the Apache Web server and the vim text editor. The patch -- Apple's seventh major fix for Mac OS X this year -- closes 25 vulnerabilities in those applications, some of which are shipped only with the Apple's server products. Other vulnerabilities also affected the open-source ClamAV antivirus software, Postfix mail software, and CUPS printing software, according to the company's advisory.

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