Apple releases OS X 10.7.4 addressing password security vulnerability

Apple releases OS X 10.7.4 addressing password security vulnerability

Summary: OS X Lion Updated 10.7.4, released today patches a critical password security vulnerability that was publicized earlier in the week.


Apple releases OS 10.7.4 addressing password security vulnerabilityApple today release Mac OS X 10.7.4 (build 11E53) -- the fourth maintenance release for Lion. Most importantly the update patches a critical password security hole that was detailed earlier in the week.

Available versions include:

Apple has also released Security Update 2012-002 for users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard:

Here's the info from the OS X Lion Update read me file:

The 10.7.4 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac including fixes that:

  • Resolve an issue where the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting is always enabled
  • Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards
  • Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to a server
  • Improve the reliability of copying files to an SMB server

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:

For information on the security content of this update, please visit:

OS X Lion Update 10.7.4 (build 11E53) screenshot - Jason O'Grady

Topics: Apple, Operating Systems, Software

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  • OS X 10.7.4 Lion Installer

    Rather then running the combo updater, I downloaded the from the App Store the "Install Mac OS X Lion" installer. After running it I discovered that the 10.7.4 installer doesn't include the latest iTunes 10.6.1 but rather the 10.6 iTunes.

    Joe Gudac
  • that was quick

    are they finally learning the importance of responding to security issues quickly? Hopefully its not a one off as it proved embarrassing to send out updates that appear not to be tested fully
    • No

      They have already learned the importance of responding to well publicized security issues.
      Your Non Advocate
      • Not really

        this seems to be the only example of them responding relatively quickly.
    • Quick?

      From Jason's previous blog on this subject ... " The worst part? The bug was also mentioned on the Apple Support Communities exactly three months ago and was never addressed."

      I will grant that a post on the support cummunities does not a bug report make but I have to think Apple was advised of the glitch in around the same time frame.
  • Pretty big update

    It was a pretty big one. I know their was more to it then what Apple let on. Let's hope it did not break much.
    • Retina OS X

      I read on AppleInsider that the icons have gone up to 1024x1024 in this update. Just looked at the package contents of Text Edit, the icon is now 1.7 MB and at 'actual size' the thing doesn't even fit on my 13" screen.

      I imagine this goes much further than icons if it's in preparation for retina MacBooks, they've probably bumped up the resolution on every interface element by now.
  • Apple is at least 10 years behind in security...

    • Behind WHAT?

      Not Unix, because that is what Mac OS X is based on.

      If Apple were 10 years behind, that would put Microsoft about 30 years back!
  • Thanks for letting us know!

    That is pretty much all that needs to be said.

    The MS trolls and shills are welcome to go elsewhere.