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24 June 2011, 10:25

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.8

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Zoom Mac OS X users can upgrade to the latest release via the built-in Software Update function
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.8. According to Apple, the update brings enhancements to the Mac App Store for the upcoming July release of Mac OS X Lion, and improves IPv6 support and VPN reliability. In addition to fixes for several bugs that can, for example, cause Preview to unexpectedly quit, the latest version also addresses a number of security vulnerabilities in the operating system.

The update plugs a total of 39 security holes, fixing issues with MobileMe, the Mac App Store, AirPort (Wi-Fi), MySQL, OpenSSL, the built-in FTP Server, and International Components for Unicode. Other issues addressed by the update include security vulnerabilities in ATS, Certificate Trust Policy, ColorSync, CoreFoundation, CoreGraphics, ImageIO, the kernel, Libsystem, libxslt, QuickLook, QuickTime, Samba, servermgrd and Subversion.

As with Security Update 2011-003, the 10.6.8 release also protects against the latest Mac Defender malware and its known variants, including "Mac Security", "Mac Protector" and "MacGuard". A full list of changes and security updates can be found in the Apple security advisory.

Mac OS X users can upgrade to the latest release via the built-in Software Update function. The 10.6.8 client update is 474.2 MB, while the 10.6.8 combo update that includes 10.6.1 to 10.6.7 is 1.09 GB. The 10.6.8 Server standard and combo updates are 542 MB and 1.27 GB respectively – the latest Server Admin Tools 10.6.8 update is 255.9 MB.

Apple has also released Security Update 2010-007 for Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard: Client - 256.4 MB, Server - 499.8 MB) which fixes several security vulnerabilities. All users are advised to upgrade as soon as possible.

Update 26-07-11: Apple has released version 1.1 of the Mac OS X 10.6.8 update to address issues when transferring data from Snow Leopard systems to new Macs running Mac OS X Lion, network printer problems and system audio bugs. Users who have already installed Mac OS X 10.6.8 can install a Supplemental Update. The new versions do not appear to contain any further security related changes.

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