Apple zaps 25 more Mac OS X bugs

Apple zaps 25 more Mac OS X bugs

Summary: Apple has issued a mega-update with patches for 25 new security vulnerabilities affecting Mac OS X users. This is the fourth update (89th security patch) issued by Apple in 2007.

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Apple has issued a mega-update with patches for 25 new security vulnerabilities affecting Mac OS X users.

This is the fourth update (89th security patch) issued by Apple in 2007.

With Security Update 2007-004, Apple continues to roll out fixes for flaws exposed during the MOAB (Month of Apple Bugs) project in January.   Three of the 25 patches deal with MOAB vulnerabilities.

The update also addresses a buffer overflow vulnerability in AirPort that could allow a local user to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges. This issue affects eMac, iBook, iMac, PowerBook G3,PowerBook G4, and Power Mac G4 systems equipped with an original AirPort card. 

It also fixes a trio of Kerberos flaws, three login Window holes and various bugs in VideoConference, WebDAV, WebFoundation and URLMount.

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware

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  • When is Apple going to retract its PC MAC ads?

    So a Mac is not secure, crashes and has a version of UAC. Any other lies coming soon?
    TonyMcS
    • I saw the "crapware" Mac ad today...

      and thought it to be [b]extremely[/b] ironic considering I'm [b]forced[/b] to pay for OSX when I buy a Mac. Since I can build (or buy) a PC with no OS on it at all, who [b]really[/b] is forcing crapware down the throats of their customers?
      NonZealot
      • Please inform the world

        How many Macs you have bought, in say the last 5 years.
        zkiwi
        • Ok, I'll play

          The root poster is right, you can't buy an Apple computer without OS/X, so in that sense they are forcing you to buy the OS when you buy the computer.

          Microsoft might like to do that, but they can't and tney don't. You can buy a PC without an OS and put whatever you like on it. On this point you can't argue. Apple does offer less choice. Period.

          Having said that, does it matter? Only to the hardcore freaks who don't have a life. But my post is offered more in the defense of factual accuracy than zelotry.

          Oh, and I've owned 3 macs in the last five years:

          Blue & White G3 (originally with Mac OS 8.5)
          G4 iLamp :)
          Macbook

          So there... (laughing)
          wolf_z
          • Tell the idiots above that Apple is in the hardware business .

            The OS is created to compliment the hardware . Now if they think that Apple will give permission to have OS X run on any hardware , they are crazy to think so . Like I said before , Apple is in the hardware business . If you don't like the idea , then don't buy Apple products and just move along . You do have other choices you know .
            Intellihence
          • The only idiot I've seen

            is you. Ask Apple if they are only in the hardware business, why they keep referring to software specific items in their hardware commercials. And lie about them of course.
            xuniL_z
        • Please inform the world?

          Tee, double you, I ta.
          xuniL_z
      • A response to Non Sequitur, er, Zealot

        If you want to buy a computer without being forced to buy an operating system,
        you'll have to assemble it out of parts.

        As far as crapware, it's the pc manufacturers who are taking the money and installing
        this stuff to mitigate razor thin margins. We're all clear that this pc phenomenon is
        not really Microsoft's fault, right?
        DannyO_0x98
        • Sorry, but you're wrong there...

          [i]If you want to buy a computer without being forced to buy an operating system,
          you'll have to assemble it out of parts.[/i]

          I just bought 4 servers from Dell with no OS. Last summer I bought a bunch of Optiplex desktops w/o the OS.

          Ed
          edu_tech
          • Quick question:

            What was the discount on the Optiplex for not buying an OS?

            I can't find anything about it on their website.
            msalzberg
          • About $120 per machine...NT

            NT
            edu_tech
        • Not true

          Dell will sell you a computer without an OS. I realize Dell is a tiny computer company with nearly no customers (cough) but it can be done... </sarcasm>

          On a more serious note, yes, many companies will sell you a computer without OS. They may not be the Dells or HPs of the world but a lot of companies *still* build nice systems.
          wolf_z
      • No ones forcing you to do anything but yourself,

        If I buy a Mac it better damn well come with the Mac OS, that's the icing on the cake.
        Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493
      • I am surprised to learn that you

        buy so many Macs. From your Zealous hatred of the platform, I had supposed that you were not a Mac buyer. Your ignorance of the platform shows that you are certainly not a Mac user. Now I see that you have apparently bought at least one Mac, though clearly have not used it. I wonder "Why?"

        Are you buying Macintosh so that you feel you have a right to whine so much?
        fuzzy2k
    • Has a version of UAC ?

      Don't you mean the other way around . Mac has had what you call UAC for quite a few years already . Explain to me how many Macs do you know that have been owned thru its security ? A Mac crash , surely you must be kidding . Do you even own a Mac ? That is the bigger question here . You make it seem like Mac OS X has copied all the features of Vista , when it reality it's the other way around . Talk about ZEALOTRY .
      Intellihence
      • ummmmmm

        marquee features were on Windows first. That's all I can tell you. <br>
        time machine. Windows has had file versioning with VSC for years now. <br>
        spotlight. MS feature made public, but implemented on Mac. <br>
        multiple desktops. XP power toy for several years.
        <br>
        New file system. Was inspired by WinFS since they new MS had to put a hold on that but will be releasing it for Vista as an off cycle update. <br>
        Ever hear of Microsoft Office for the Mac? Hmmm. AppleSoft basic? (microsoft wrote it and licensed it to the incapable Apple Computer Co. of that time.
        xuniL_z
        • Spotlight????

          [i]spotlight. MS feature made public, but implemented on Mac.[/i]

          Spotlight is an update of Sherlock (Mac OS 8.x). SO tell me again, how is it a MS
          feature?

          [i]New file system. Was inspired by WinFS since they new MS had to put a hold on
          that but will be releasing it for Vista as an off cycle update. [/i]

          Gee and I thought it was from BSD and Sun. Oh wait, only Microsoft ever does
          anything new. You windows Zealots are really amazing, you are so good at lying ,
          you believe your lies to be truth.
          Rick_K
          • Rick, I think you posted to the wrong person

            <i>You windows Zealots are really amazing, you are so good at lying ,
            you believe your lies to be truth.
            </i><br><br>
            I'm not a zealot or a liar. Obviously, at least to a thinking person, when I talked about Apple getting a new file system, I said it was inspired by WinFS. In other words Apple knew MS has a brand spanking new filesystem baking and they figured they'd beat MS to the punch and get one of their own. However, as you would expect, they had to borrow the idea from someone else and use their technology. <br>
            The Mac is like a buffet. A little of this and a little of that, and a lot of the free stuff. But as everyone knows, Mac didn't bring a tureen to share and just enjoys everyone else's work.
            xuniL_z
          • No I posted to the right Zealot.

            You most certainly are both a Zealot and a liar. Unless you're claiming that you're just
            uninformed. Microsoft has only made announcements of a "New File System", but
            since they can't make it actually work, it's nothing more than vaporware. Speaking of
            "borrowing someone else's ideas and using their technology" isn't that what
            Microsoft is famous for? History says that's exactly what Microsoft has done for 20+
            years.
            Rick_K
    • Maybe when you can get "owned" like you can on Windows box,

      then you deserve a retraction, but...
      until then, you have nothing backing you up.

      Crashes? Really? I don't even get system crashes and I'm on a 10 year old unsupported system. App crashes, now that's a different story.

      UAC? Yeah, but it works.... ;)
      Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493