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04 August 2009, 10:37

GarageBand 5.1 puts lid back on cookie jar

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Apple has released an update for its GarageBand application, addressing a security issue that could allow third parties or advertisers to track a user's web activity. When a user opens the GarageBand application, it automatically changes Safari's security preferences to always accept cookies, rather than the default setting of "Only from sites I visit".

The change means that users may no longer be blocking any third-party cookies which advertisers can use to track their online activity. In addition to general compatibility issues, overall stability improvements and other minor issues, the update prevents GarageBand from changing the security preference setting. Apple advises users that have run previous versions of GarageBand to re-confirm their desired settings in Safari after applying the update.

GarageBand allows users to create music or podcasts and is included with every new Mac as part of Apple's iLife suite of applications. Apple recommends that all users apply the update as soon as possible. GarageBand 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later and is available to download from Apple's support page or through its built-in Software Update service.

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