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16 February 2007, 17:11

Patch day at Apple

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Microsoft aren't the only ones who can release bunches of updates and patches all in one go. Now Apple are getting in on the act by simultaneously releasing a number of updates affecting Mac OS X, Java, the WebObjects development environment and the professional video editing package Final Cut Pro. The Mac OS X update also includes patches for fixing security vulnerabilities.

Security update 2007-2 is available in versions for Mac OS X 10.3.9, for the server and client versions of Mac OS X 10.4.8 on PowerPC Macs and for Mac OS X 10.4.8 on Intel systems / the universal versions of the server. The update fixes various security vulnerabilities in Finder, iChat and UserNotification. Details are provided in a knowledgebase article. The update explicitly fixes vulnerabilities in Finder, in iChat and in UserNotification disclosed during the "Month of Apple Bugs".

On top of this, Apple has released various updates which affect behaviour for the current regulations for switching to daylight saving time in the USA and Canada. According to Apple the patch also includes updated time zone information for countries all over the world. The package is available for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and Mac OS X 10.4.8. The daylight saving time update is also available for WebObjects.

Apple is also releasing a Java update, making Java 5 update 7 and Java 4 update 12 available for Mac OS X. It also contains the update for daylight savings and time zones. The Java package is also available for Mac OS X 10.4.8 and Mac OS X 10.3.9. The update for Final Cut Pro increments the version number of Apple's professional video editing solution to 5.13. The update means that it should now be possible to swap render files between Intel and PowerPC Macs without any hassle. All the changes in the new version of Final Cut Pro are listed in the release notes.

All updates can be obtained as individual packages from Apple's download page. They will, as usual, also be distributed via the Mac OS X software update function.


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