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  • Apple released OS X 10.9.3 for Mac users running Mavericks.

    The software update includes a variety of bug fixes, security enhancements, and feature improvements to OS X, making it recommended for all Mac users running OS X Mavericks. Additionally, iTunes 11.2 has been made available as a separate update. [may-2014]

    Specifically, OS X 10.9.3 includes improved support for 4K displays attached to Mac Pro and MacBook Pro Retina Macs, improvements to the stability of VPN connections using IPSec, a Safari update, and the ability to locally sync some data with iOS devices via USB.
    The latter feature addition is perhaps most notable for many Mac users, because it allows for the ability for contacts and calendars to sync directly from an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to a Mac using a USB connection, something that was initially removed from OS X Mavericks in favor of iCloud only syncing. Now, Mac users have the choice to sync that data locally, or continue to sync it through iCloud, depending on their personal preferences.

    For detailed information about this update, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6228
    For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
  • Apple OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Released with SSL Security Bug Fix

    Apple has finally released the most-awaited SSL security bug fix for Macs with OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update, which also brings numerous key features like FaceTime Audio, contact blocking and various performance enhancements. [feb-2014]

    The latest 10.9.2 update also adds a new call waiting feature to FaceTime audio and video calls. In addition, it brings the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders.
    Other noteworthy features included in the latest OS X Mavericks update are as follows:

    - Safari gets enhanced 'Autofill' capabilities
    - A fix for audio distortion issue
    - File server connections using SMB2 has improved reliability
    - Fixes an issue with abrupt VPN disconnections
    - VoiceOver navigation is enhanced in Mail and Finder apps
    - Unread messages count has improved accuracy in Mail
    - Fixes an issue that prevents Mail from receiving messages from select providers

    For detailed information about this update, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6150
  • Apple has released OS X version 10.9.1

    The first incremental update to the company's Mavericks operating system, featuring a truckload of bug fixes, a few tweaks to existing features, and general performance enhancements. [dec-2013]

    According to the official changelog, 'The OS X Mavericks v10.9.1 Update is recommended for all OS X Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.' The update includes Safari 7.0.1, a new version of Apple's standard web browser.

    - Gmail users will notice improved behavior and reliability while using the standard OS X Mail client. Search and Smart Mailboxes are now working properly.
    - An issue that prevented contact groups from working properly in Mail is now addressed, and all VoiceOver bugs affecting sentences that contain emoji are now gone.
    - With OS X 10.9.1, iLife and iWork apps will update as expected. Apple is also addressing an issue that may cause multiple prompts to unlock 'Local items' keychain, as well as a flaw that may cause Japanese keyboards to retain the language that was used previously.
    - An error preventing a Contact group name from populating the address field should be gone now.
    - Other fixes and improvements (from the release notes) are listed below.
    - Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to become unresponsive when filling out forms on fedex.com, stubhub.com, and other websites Improves Credit Card Autofill compatibility with websites.
    - Improves VoiceOver compatibility with facebook.com.
    - Updates Shared Links periodically when open in the Safari Sidebar.

    Apple has released a separate build of the OS X 10.9.1 update for users of MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2013).
    This update includes some of the fixes found in the general 10.9.1 release for all Macs.

    Download OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Update
    Download OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Update for MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2013)
  • Apple Releases OS X 10.9 Mavericks

    OS X Mavericks will be available from the Mac App Store for free; you can download it using the Mac App Store application on OS X Snow Leopard or later.
    You can download OS X Mavericks on a 2007 iMac or MacBook Pro or later; a 2008 MacBook, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro or later; or a 2009 Mac mini or later. [oct-2013]
  • Apple Releases OS X 10.8.5 and Security Update 2013-004

    Apple released the final version of OS X 10.8.5 [sept-2013]
    The update, which can be accessed via the Mac App Store, includes fixes for:

    The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users:

    - Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages
    - Improves AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi
    - Resolves an issue that may prevent a screen saver from starting automatically
    - Improves Xsan reliability
    - Improves reliability when transferring large files over Ethernet
    - Improves performance when authenticating to an Open Directory server
    - Addresses an issue that prevented a smart card from unlocking preference panes in System Preferences
    - Contains the improvements included in MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0- OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.5 (273.72 MB)
    - OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.5 (Combo) (831.13 MB)

    Apple has also released security updates for OS X Lion and Snow Leopard:

    - Security Update 2013-004 (Lion) (113.23 MB)
    - Security Update 2013-004 Server (Lion) (161.17 MB)

    - Security Update 2013-004 (Snow Leopard) (331.5 MB)
    - Security Update 2013-004 Server (Snow Leopard) (406.49 MB)

    Finally this update includes Safari version 5.1.10 for OS X Snow Leopard (48.40 MB), which contains security fixes and is recommended for all Snow Leopard users.

  • Apple Security Update 2013-003 Fixes QuickTime Bugs

    Apple released Security Update 2013-003 to address multiple QuickTime vulnerabilities. 'Playing a maliciously crafted movie file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution'. Security Update 2013-003 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. [jul-2013]

    The QuickTime software update is available for Mac OS X v10.6.8, OS X Lion v10.7.5, and OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4.

    Overall, a total of 3 CVEs are fixed in the Quicktime update, all of which are related to unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

    For information on the security content of this update, please visit:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

    Security Update 2013-003 for Mountain Lion
    Security Update 2013-003 for Lion
    Security Update 2013-003 for Snow Leopard

  • Apple Releases OS X 10.8.4 and Security Update 2013-002

    Apple has released OS X 10.8.4 and Security Update 2013-002 to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, obtain sensitive information, bypass security controls, or cause denial-of-service conditions.
    The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 Update and the security update are recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including the following: [jun-2013]
    • Compatibility improvements when connecting to certain enterprise Wi-Fi networks
    • Microsoft Exchange compatibility improvements in Calendar
    • A fix for an issue that prevented FaceTime calls to non-U.S. phone numbers
    • A fix for an issue that may prevent scheduled sleep after using Boot Camp
    • Improves VoiceOver compatibility with text in PDF documents
    • Includes Safari 6.0.5, which improves stability for some websites with chat features and games
    • A fix for an issue that may cause iMessages to display out of order in Messages
    • Resolves an issue in which Calendars Birthdays may appear incorrectly in certain time zones
    • A fix for an issue that may prevent the desktop background picture from being preserved after restart
    • A fix for an issue that may prevent documents from being saved to a server using SMB
    • Addresses an issue that may prevent certain files from opening after copied to a volume named 'Home'
    • A fix for an issue that may prevent changes to files made over NFS from displaying
    • Resolves an issue saving files to an Xsan volume from certain applications
    • Improves Active Directory log-in performance, especially for cached accounts or when using a .local domain
    • Improves OpenDirectory data replication
    • Improves 802.1X compatibility with ActiveDirectory networks
    • Improves compatibility when using mobile accounts

    It's rare that something may happen during the update, but it is always safer to initiate a backup with Time Machine before beginning any MacOSX update.

    For detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1658
    or look at: http://support.apple.com/downloads/#macosandsoftware
    Also review Apple Security article HT5784.
    This security update is also available for MacOSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and MacOSX 10.7 (Lion).
  • MacOS X 10.8.3 (Mountain Lion) Update Released

    The 10.8.3 update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including:
    [mar-2013]
    • The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac's built-in camera
    • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
    • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
    • A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly
    • A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins
    • A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs
    • Includes Safari 6.0.3
    For detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5612

  • MacOS X 10.8.3 (Mountain Lion) Update Released

    The 10.8.3 update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including:
    [mar-2013]
    • The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac's built-in camera
    • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
    • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
    • A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly
    • A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins
    • A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs
    • Includes Safari 6.0.3
    For detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5612

  • MacOS X 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion) Update Released

    The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 update also includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, including the following fixes:
    [oct-2012]
    • Adds an option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As
    • Unsent drafts are now opened automatically when launching Mail
    • Receive Twitter notifications for mentions and replies from anyone
    • URLs are shortened when sending tweets from Notification Center
    • Notifications are disabled when AirPlay Mirroring is being used
    • Adds SSL support for Google searches from the Smart Search Field in Safari
    • Adds a new preference to have Safari launch with previously open webpages
    • Resolves an issue that may cause the "Enable Autodiscover" checkbox to always remain checked
    • Enables access to the Mac App Store when Parental Controls are enabled
    • Support for @icloud.com email addresses
    • Resolves a video issue with some VGA projectors when connected to certain Mac notebooks
    • Addresses an issue that may prevent Active Directory accounts from being locked out
    • Resolves an issue that may cause the policy banner to re-appear prior to logging in
    • Improvements to SMB
    • Addresses an issue with NIS users when auto-login is enabled
    • Addresses an issue in which the Keychain may not be accessible
    • Ability to pre-authenticate a FileVault protected system
    • Addresses an issue that may cause Xsan to not automatically start after migrating from Mac OS X Snow Leopard

    OS X v10.8.2 Supplemental Update
    The OS X v10.8.2 Supplemental Update includes the following fixes:
    • Resolves an issue that may cause certain Japanese characters to appear incorrectly in Mail
    • Allows Safari to access secure sites when parental controls are enabled
    • Addresses an issue that may prevent systems with more than 64 GB of RAM from starting up
    • Resolves an issue that may cause DVD Player to unexpectedly quit

  • MacOS X 10.7.5 (Lion) Update Released

    The update includes a number of enhancements, including the activation of the Gatekeeper feature from OS X Mountain Lion that allows users to limit for security reasons what types of apps can be installed on the user's computer. [sep-2012]

    The feature has been present in MacOS X Lion since MacOS X 10.7.3, but has been hidden from the public. The 10.7.5 update is recommended for all MacOS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. It also includes Gatekeeper, a new security feature that helps you keep your Mac safe from malicious software by giving you more control over what apps are installed on your Mac.

    The 10.7.5 update also includes fixes that:

    - Resolve an issue where icons in Launchpad may get rearranged after a restart
    - Improve Wi-Fi reliability for iMac (Late 2009 and newer)
    - Resolve an issue using Spotlight to search an SMB server
    - Improve compatibility connecting to Active Directory servers

    Direct downloads available through Apple's site include:
    - MacOS X Lion Update 10.7.5 (Client Combo) (1.91 GB)
    - MacOS X Lion Update 10.7.5 (Client) (1.14 GB)
    - MacOS X Lion Update 10.7.5 Server (1.22 GB)
    - MacOS X Lion Update 10.7.5 Server Combo (1.99 GB)

  • Security Update 2012-004 (Snow Leopard)

    Apple has released Security Update 2012-004 for both Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard and 10.6.8 Snow Leopard Server, both of which address the same issues. Among the list of fixes, the releases update Apache 2.2.22 to prevent a vulnerability that could lead to denial of service, add a revoked TrustWave root certificate to a list of untrusted certificates, and update the DirectoryService Proxy to prevent an arbitrary execution of code due to an overflow buffer vulnerability. [sep-2012]

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1586
    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1587
    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL5501

  • MacOS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 Update Released

    OS X Mountain Lion has been updated to 10.8.1, the update is a general maintenance and bug fix release which includes assorted improvements.
    The OS X 10.8.1 update can be downloaded through the Mac App Store, either launch the App Store directly or access it through the Apple menu by selecting 'Software Update'. The download is fairly small, ranging from 8MB to 30MB depending on the Mac, and you will need to restart the Mac for the Mountain Lion update to finish installing. [aug-2012]

    The official change and improvements list is as follow:
    • Resolve an issue that may cause Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit
    • Improve compatibility when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server in Mail
    • Address an issue playing audio through a Thunderbolt display
    • Resolve an issue that could prevent iMessages from being sent
    • Address an issue that could cause the system to become unresponsive when using Pinyin input
    • Resolve an issue when connecting to SMB servers with long names
    • Address a issue that may prevent Safari from launching when using a Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) file
    • Improve 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials

    All OS X Mountain Lion users are recommended to install the update.

    Download: 10.8.1 from http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1571


  • MacOS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and Mountain Lion Server released. Available in the Mac App Store

    Apple has released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (what's new?) and Mountain Lion Server. [jul-2012]

    Before you do anything else, make sure you have a backup of your Mac; Time Machine is good, and adding a bootable clone is even better.
    You may have no problems at all with your upgrade, but far better to be safe than sorry.

    Grab OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store here and Lion Server here. Allocate enough time for this to complete.

  • Leopard Security Update 2012-003 released

    Apple released an Leopard Security Update 2012-003 that disables versions of Adobe Flash Player that do not include the latest security updates and provides the option to get the current version from Adobe's website. [may-2012]

    For more information, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5271
    Requirements: Intel, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later

  • Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.7.4

    Apple released the next major update to the Mac operating system, OS X Lion 10.7.4, bringing with it a host of improvements and fixes to Lion. The update is for all users of OS X Lion and fixes a number of issues with Lion including improvements to internet sharing, SMB print server connections, RAW image compatibility and support for third party USB keyboards. [may-2012]
    The release notes are detailed below:

    • Resolve an issue in which the 'Reopen windows when logging back in' setting is always enabled.
    • Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards.
    • Addresses permission issues that may be caused if you use the Get Info inspector function 'Apply to enclosed items..' on your home directory.
    • Improve Internet sharing of PPPoE connections.
    • Improve using a proxy auto-configuration (PAC) file.
    • Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to an SMB server.
    • Improve printing to an SMB print queue.
    • Improve performance when connecting to a WebDAV server.
    • Enable automatic login for NIS accounts.
    • Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
    • Improve the reliability of binding and logging into Active Directory accounts.
    • The OS X Lion v10.7.4 Update includes Safari 5.1.6, which contains stability improvements.

    Remember to back up your system before installing the update.
    The size of the downloads vary, weighing in anywhere between 320MB up to 750MB depending on the system.
    The update is available through Software Update.
    For details, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5167

    Alongside Mac OS X 10.7.4 and to address roughly the same set of vulnerabilities, Apple has released Security Update 2012-002 for Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server. The fixes revolve around the open source components of Mac OS X (including curl, Ruby, and Samba), directory services, and dealing with maliciously crafted files in ImageIO, QuickTime, and various other internal libraries.

  • Mac OS X 10.7.3 Update Released

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.7.3 to the public, the third minor update to OS X Lion. The update includes bug fixes including a Wi-Fi stability update, and also fixes a handful of other issues that have effected OS X 10.7. The update also includes support for several new languages, and updates Safari to 5.1.3. [feb-2012]

    Mac OS X 10.7.3 Release Notes are below:
    What's included?
    The OS X Lion v10.7.3 Update includes Safari 5.1.3 and fixes that:
    • Add Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian language support
    • Address issues when using smart cards to log into OS X
    • Address compatibility issues with Microsoft Windows file sharing 
    • Address an issue printing Microsoft Word documents that use markup
    • Address a graphics performance issue after sleep on some earlier iMacs that use ATI graphics
    • Resolve a Wi-Fi connection issue when waking from sleep
    • Address an issue that may prevent Safari from opening before joining a wireless network
    • Fix a potential issue authenticating to an SMB DFS share
    • Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras

    Directory Services
    • Improve binding to read-only Active Directory Domain Controllers
    • Improve binding and login speed for Active Directory users in a domain whose name ends in “.local”
    • Improve reliability of Dynamic DNS (DDNS) updates by Active Directory clients
    • Allow login with an Active Directory username that contains a space
    • Improve compatibility with Active Directory schemas that have been extended with the 'apple-user-homeDirectory' and 'apple-user-homeurl' attributes
    • Fix home directory Dock item for Active Directory users with mobile accounts
    • Allow NIS users with MD5-hashed passwords to log in

    You can download Mac OS X 10.7.3 Update through Software Update on your local computer, it is about 1GB, or through these download links:


  • Apple Releases OS X 10.7.2 with iCloud Support and Security Update 2011-006

    As part of Apple's rollout of its iCloud service, Apple has just released OS X 10.7.2.
    The new update includes support for iCloud and will ensure that users have full access to their iCloud-hosted data across all of their devices. [oct-2011]

    OS X 10.7.2 brings several enhancements beyond iCloud compatibility, including Safari 5.1.1 and other featured improvements.
    The 10.7.2 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. It also includes support for iCloud, a set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices. iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:

    - iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
    - Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
    - Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.

    Getting started with iCloud is easy. After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel. Simply enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one and then follow the on screen instructions.
    To learn more about iCloud visit http://www.apple.com/icloud.

    The 10.7.2 update also includes Safari 5.1.1 as well as fixes that:

    - Allow reordering of desktop spaces and full screen apps in Mission Control.
    - Enable dragging files between desktop spaces and full screen apps.
    - Address an issue that causes the menu bar to not appear in full screen apps.
    - Improve the compatibility of Google contact syncing in Address Book.
    - Address an issue that causes Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
    - Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
    - Address an issue that causes a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
    - Enable booting in to Lion Recovery from a locally attached Time Machine backup drive.
    - Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
    - Improve Active Directory integration.

    For detailed information about Safari 5.1.1, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4922.

    For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4767.
    For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

    Available versions of OS X 10.7.2 include:

    - OS X Lion Update 10.7.2 (client) (769 MB)
    - OS X Lion Update 10.7.2 client combo (818 MB)

    - OS X Lion Update 10.7.2 (server) (842 MB)
    - OS X Lion Update 10.7.2 (server) combo (892 MB)
    - Server Admin Tools 10.7.2 (202 MB)

    Apple has also released Lion Recovery Update, addressing issues with the recovery and reinstall process and Find My Mac. The Lion Recovery Update includes improvements to Lion Recovery and addresses an issue with Find My Mac when using a firmware password.

    For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4986.

    Lion Recovery Update (432 MB) and requires OS X Lion.

    Finally, Apple has released Security Update 2011-006 for Mac OS X Snow Leopard (136 MB) and Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server (145 MB).

  • Apple released Security Update 2011-005

    Apple released Security Update 2011-005 for OS X, a small update addressing a specific security issue related to fraudulent certificates from DigiNotar.

    Impact: An attacker with a privileged network position may intercept user credentials or other sensitive information [sept-2011]
    Available updates include:

    - Security Update 2011-005 (Lion) (15.59 MB)
    - Security Update 2011-005 (Snow Leopard) (869 KB)

  • Apple released OS X Lion 10.7.1 to Mac users

    The 10.7.1 update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability and compatibility of your Mac [aug-2011]
    This update include the following fixes:
    • Address an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when playing a video in Safari
    • Resolve an issue that may cause system audio to stop working when using HDMI or optical audio out
    • Improve the reliability of Wi-Fi connections
    • Resolve an issue that prevents transfer of your data, settings, and compatible applications to a new Mac running OS X Lion

    For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4764
    The new update is available immediately via Software Update, under the Apple menu.

  • MacOS X 10.7 Lion and Lion Server released. Available in Mac App Store

    Apple has finally released OS X 10.7 Lion and Lion Server. [july-2011]

    Before you do anything else, make sure you have a backup of your Mac; Time Machine is good, and adding a bootable clone is even better. You may have no problems at all with your upgrade, but far better to be safe than sorry (see our News page)

    Head on over to the Mac App Store to pick up your 23.99 Euro upgrade. Lion weighs in with a hefty 3.49 Gigabyte download, so allocate time for this way of distribution to complete.

    For the cautious-minded, you may want to consider adding a Lion partition to your existing system. This allows you to keep doing work on your Snow Leopard system until your full set of work apps are completely validated on Lion.

    Grab OS X Lion from the Mac App Store here and Lion Server here. If you don't have broadband access, you can download Lion at Apple retail stores.
    And in August, Lion will be available on a USB thumb drive through the Apple Store for about 57 Euro's

  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.8 (and Security Update 2011-004)

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.8 which is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that [june-2011]:
    - Enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion
    - Resolve an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit
    - Improve support for IPv6
    - Improve VPN reliability
    - Identify and remove known variants of Mac Defender

    For detailed information on this update, please visit : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4561.
    For information on the security content of this update, see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.
    Mac OS X 10.6.8 is available via Software Update and also via standalone installers.
    More info and download links here.

    Users still using Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard should download and install Security Update 2011-004.
    The most important fix is to AirPort, and prevents an attacker on the same Wi-Fi network from causing your Mac to reboot. Other affected aspects of Mac OS X include ColorSync, CoreGraphics, ImageIO, MySQL, patch, Samba, servermgrd, and Subversion.
    Separate standalone updates are available for Leopard and Leopard Server, though it's still easiest to use Software Update (256.4 MB, 499.8 MB).
  • Security Update 2011-003 Addresses MacDefender Malware

    Apple has released Security Update 2011-003, which updates the File Quarantine feature in Mac OS X 10.6 to block the recent MacDefender malware. In the process of applying the update, Software Update searches for known variants of the malware and removes them. The update also adds a new option, enabled by default, to the Security preference pane: 'Automatically update safe downloads list.' According to Apple, Mac OS X now checks for updates to that list daily. The update is 2.1 MB and does not require a restart. [may-2011]

    File Quarantine -- The File Quarantine feature is the Mac OS X feature, introduced in Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard,' that produces the by-now familiar dialog: 'file name is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?' The dialog is displayed whenever Mac OS X attempts to open a 'potentially unsafe' file in Finder, Spotlight, or from the Dock. Unfortunately, most files fall into the 'potentially unsafe' category because Apple simply hasn't evaluated them one way or the other. As a consequence, users see the warning for almost any application that they download, and they can quickly develop the dangerous habit of clicking 'Open' whenever they see it.

    In Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard,' Apple added a specific check for malware, comparing downloaded files to a list of known malware. This list is stored deep within the Mac's System folder hierarchy (for the insatiably curious, you can find it in ).

    When known malware is downloaded in Snow Leopard, Mac OS X displays a more useful dialog that says, 'file name will damage your computer. You should move it to the Trash.' The dialog includes additional information that names the specific malware that it detected and that tells the user when it was downloaded and by which application. The dialog includes a 'Move to Trash' button.

    Security Update 2011-003 adds several features to the malware protection check:
    • An updated definition for what Apple calls the OSX.MacDefender.A malware, commonly known as MACDefender.
    • A routine that is run when the security update is first applied that searches for and removes known variants of OSX.MacDefender.A.
    • A feature that checks daily for updates to the list of known malware, and a checkbox in the Security preference's General pane--'Automatically update safe downloads list'--that is checked by default. Users must authenticate to disable the automatic update of the malware list.


    We encourage users not to click the 'Open' button automatically in the Mac OS X File Quarantine dialog, and suggests that Safari users should uncheck the 'Open 'safe' files after downloading' option in the General pane of Safari's preferences.

  • Security Update 2011-002 for Mac OS X released

    Apple released Security Update 2011-002 (Snow Leopard) and Security Update 2011-002 (Leopard Server) which are each recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. [apr-2011]
    Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update.
    System Requirements for Security Update 2011-002 (Snow Leopard): Mac OS X 10.6.7
    System Requirements for Security Update 2011-002 (Leopard Server): Mac OS X 10.5.8 Server
    Security Update 2001-002 is available via Software Update and also as a standalone installer.

    More info and download link:
    Security Update 2011-002 (Snow Leopard) 4.43 MB
    Security Update 2011-002 (Leopard Server) 473.19 MB

  • Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.7 plus security updates

    Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.7 to fix a variety of bugs in Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server. Most notably, it is aimed at improving the reliability of Back to My Mac, resolving problems with transferring files to certain SMB servers, and addressing various minor Mac App Store bugs. If you have missed earlier Mac OS X 10.6 updates, they are included in this version, together with Safari 5.0.4 and the latest raw image compatibility updates. [mar-2011]

    Also included are security fixes (security update 2011-001) for numerous system components, including AirPort, Apache, AppleScript, bzip2, Carbon, ClamAV, font handling, HFS, image handling, Installer, Kerberos, kernel, Mailman, PHP, QuickLook, QuickTime, Ruby, Samba, Subversion, and Terminal.

    Finally, a number of highly specific bugs are also fixed, including a window resizing issue with X-Plane 9 on Macs with ATI graphics, improved brightness on external displays and projectors, problems opening afp:// URLs, and more. See the release notes for the full list.

    Mac OS X 10.6.7 comes in a variety of forms, including one specific to the recently released MacBook Pro. They include:



  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 released

    Apple released Snow Leopard, the latest version of Mac OS X, to version 10.6.6. The main feature of the latest OS update is support for the Mac App Store.
    Upgrading to 10.6.6 places the Mac App Store's icon in your Dock, adds a link to the store in the Apple menu, and prompts you to visit the store if you attempt to open a file that existing software on your Mac cannot read. [jan-2011]

    Also included in the 10.6.6 update is a single security fix, addressing a potential vulnerability in PackageKit that could allow an attacker to run code on your Mac. Finally, the update addresses two bugs: a cropping issue with PostScript printing in landscape orientation, and an issue with erratic mouse pointer movement on Macs with ATI graphics cards when an external DVI display is connected.

    To learn more about the Mac App Store, visit: http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store.
    For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4459.
    For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.
    Apple now has the standalone installers available here.

  • Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.5 for Snow Leopard

    The 10.6.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac [nov-2010]
    Here's a list of fixes:

    - improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
    - address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
    - address stability and performance of graphics applications and games
    - resolve a delay between print jobs
    - address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme
    - resolve an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal
    - address an issue where dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide
    - resolve an issue with Wikipedia information not displaying correctly in Dictionary
    - improve performance of MainStage on certain Mac systems
    - resolve spacing issues with OpenType fonts
    - improve reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays
    - resolve a VoiceOver issue when browsing some web sites with Safari 5

    For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4250.
    For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

    Mac OS X 10.6.5 is available as both delta and combo updates for systems running Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server:

    - Mac OS X v10.6.5 Update (644.48 MB)
    - Mac OS X v10.6.5 Update (Combo) (977.21 MB)
    - Mac OS X Server v10.6.5 Update (858.02 MB)
    - Mac OS X Server v10.6.5 Update Combo (1.12 GB)


    Apple has released Security Update 2010-007 for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), which includes many of the security refinements included in the simultaneously released Mac OS X 10.6.5.
    These include fixes for AFP server, Flash Player, Apache, AppKit, MySQL, networking and more.

    - Security Update 2010-007 (Leopard-Client) (240.74 MB)
    - Security Update 2010-007 (Leopard-Server) (448.10 MB)

  • Apple Offers Security Update 2010-006 for Mac OS X

    Apple has released an express security update for all Mac users running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, including Server users, addressing a single issue that could result in a remote attack accessing AFP shared folders without a valid password. [sep-2010]

    Security Update 2010-006 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X.

    For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

  • Apple releases Security Update 2010-005

    Apple released Security Update 2010-005, which is recommended for all users. [aug-2010]

    Detailed in Apple's support document, this update contains a variety of fixes for both the client and server versions of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. Among the vulnerabilities squashed in the patch include one where maliciously crafted fonts that could be embedded in documents, a potential man-in-the-middle data interception attack, possible code execution due to maliciously crafted PDF documents, vulnerabilities in the ClamAV antivirus program, a weakness in the Samba system that could allow denial of service attacks, and a number of security holes in Mac OS X's pre-installed version of PHP.

    The updates are available now in Software Update for all affected versions of Leopard and Snow Leopard or from Apple's support downloads site. Download sizes range from 80MB to 418MB, depending on which client or server version of Mac OS X they are designed for.

  • Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.4 and Security Update 2010-004

    Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.4 in both standard and server editions. The update includes the recently released Safari 5.0 and fixes a number of issues we have documented with the Mac OS X 10.6.3 release. [jun-2010]

    Among the highlighted improvements:

    • resolve an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
    • resolve an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening
    • address issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers
    • improve reliability of VPN connections
    • resolve a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing
    • resolve an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view
    • improve compatibility with some braille displays

    The new release is available via Software Update or from the following download links:


    For information on the security content of this update, please visit:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

    Finally, Apple released Security Update 2010-004 for users on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
    Security Update 2010-004 (Leopard-Client) (222 MB)
    Security Update 2010-004 (Leopard-Server) (380.29 MB)

  • Security Update 2010-003 released

    Apple has released Security Update 2010-003 (Snow Leopard) to address a critical vulnerability in the way Apple Type Services in Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 parses embedded fonts.
    Users who view or download any documents containing maliciously crafted embedded fonts run a risk of arbitrary code execution. The update addresses this issue by improving index checking.
    The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.3 and is available via Software Update and the Apple Support Downloads page. [apr-2010]

    See:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1029
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4131
  • Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.3 and Security Update 2010-002

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.3, the third maintenance update for Snow Leopard, via Software Update and the company's software downloads page. [mar-2010]

    The update offers several hundred fixes.
    The 10.6.3 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including these fixes:

    - improve the reliability and compatibility of QuickTime X
    - address compatibility issues with OpenGL-based applications
    - address an issue that causes background message colors to display incorrectly in Mail
    - resolve an issue that prevented files with the # or & characters in their names from opening in Rosetta applications
    - resolve an issue that prevented files from copying to Windows file servers
    - improve performance of Logic Pro 9 and Main Stage 2 when running in 64-bit mode
    - improve sleep and wake reliability when using Bonjour wake on demand
    - address a color issue in iMovie with HD content
    - improve printing reliability
    - resolve issues with recurring events in iCal when connected to an Exchange server
    - improve the reliability of 3rd party USB input devices
    - fix glowing, stuck, or dark pixels when viewing video from the iMac (Late 2009) built-in iSight camera

    Full details on the update are available in Apple's associated support document.


    - Mac OS X v10.6.3 Update (719.23 MB)
    - Mac OS X v10.6.3 Update (Combo) (784 MB)
    - Mac OS X Server v10.6.3 Update (831.31 MB)
    - Mac OS X Server v10.6.3 Update (Combo) (897.32 MB)

    Apple has also released Security Update 2010-002 for users on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

    - Security Update 2010-002 (Leopard-Client) (78.39 MB)
    - Security Update 2010-002 (Leopard-Server) (361.40 MB)
  • Apple releases Security Update 2010-001

    Apple has released Security Update 2010-001, with fixes for a small number of specific vulnerabilities. Most notably, the Flash Player plug-in is updated to version 10.0.42 to address multiple vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could lead to arbitrary code execution when viewing a maliciously crafted Web site. Several other fixes block vulnerabilities that could have been exploited by malicious TIFF images, DNG images, and MP4 audio files. Also resolved is a potential denial-of-service attack directed against CUPS (the Common Unix Printing System that underlies Mac OS X's print architecture). Finally, OpenSSL is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack that could enable an attacker to capture data or change the operations performed in an SSL-protected session; although the problem hasn't been resolved within OpenSSL, Security Update 2010-001 disables renegotiation within OpenSSL as a preventative measure. [january 2010]

    Security Update 2010-001 is available via Software Update and in standalone form for Mac OS X 10.6.2 Snow Leopard (21.9 MB download), for Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard (159.58 MB download), and for Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard Server (248.11 MB download).

  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.2 and Security Update 2009-006 for Leopard

    The 10.6.2 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes for: [november 2009]

    - an issue that might cause your system to logout unexpectedly
    - a graphics distortion in Safari Top Sites
    - Spotlight search results not showing Exchange contacts
    - a problem that prevented authenticating as an administrative user
    - issues when using NTFS and WebDAV file servers
    - the reliability of menu extras
    - an issue with the 4-finger swipe gesture
    - an issue that causes Mail to quit unexpectedly when setting up an Exchange server
    - Address Book becoming unresponsive when editing
    - a problem adding images to contacts in Address Book
    - an issue that prevented opening files downloaded from the Internet
    - Safari plug-in reliability
    - general reliability improvements for iWork, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut Studio, MobileMe, and iDisk
    - an issue that caused data to be deleted when using a guest account

    For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3874.
    For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

    Along with the release of Snow Leopard 10.6.2 comes a security update for users of OS X 10.5.8 and OS X Server 10.5.8.

    For details about the 2009-006 Security Update, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3937.

  • Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.1 and Security Update 2009-005

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.1 Update which is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes for: [sept-2009]

    - compatibility with some Sierra Wireless 3G modems
    - an issue that might cause DVD playback to stop unexpectedly
    - some printer compatibility drivers not appearing properly in the add printer browser
    - an issue that might make it difficult to remove an item from the Dock
    - instances where automatic account setup in Mail might not work
    - an issue where pressing cmd-opt-t in Mail brings up the special characters menu instead of moving a message
    - Motion 4 becoming unresponsive

    Apple also released Mac OS X Server 10.6.1 Update which is recommended for all servers currently running Snow Leopard Server version 10.6 and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your server.

    Mac OS X 10.6.1 Update and Mac OS X Server 10.6.1 Update are available via Software Update and also via standalone installers:

    More info and download links:
    Mac OS X 10.6.1 Update (71.47MB)
    Mac OS X Server 10.6.1 Update (71.57MB)

    Apple has also released Security Update 2009-005 for users on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.4 Tiger.

    - Security Update 2009-005 (Leopard) (93.14 MB)
    - Security Update 2009-005 Server (Leopard) (93.14 MB)

    - Security Update 2009-005 (Tiger Intel) (169.75 MB)
    - Security Update 2009-005 (Tiger PPC) (77.95 MB)
    - Security Update 2009-005 Server (Tiger Univ) (206.43 MB)
    - Security Update 2009-005 Server (Tiger PPC) (132.53 MB)

  • Apple releases MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

    Mac OS X version 10.6 'Snow Leopard' is the seventh major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system. This version of Mac OS X focuses on improving performance, efficiency and reducing its overall memory footprint compared to its predecessor Mac OS X v10.5 'Leopard', rather than new end-user features. This is also the first Mac OS release since the introduction of System 7.1.2 that does not support the PowerPC architecture, as Apple now intends to focus on its current line of Intel-based products.[aug-2009]

    The upgrade method is only officially supported for users of Mac OS X v10.5 'Leopard', although the company now concedes that this will also work for Mac OS X v10.4 'Tiger' users. The officially-supported upgrade path for Tiger users is the Mac Box Set, a single package which includes Snow Leopard as well as iLife '09 and iWork '09.

    General requirements:

    Mac computer with an Intel processor
    1GB of memory
    5GB of available disk space
    DVD drive for installation

    For more info: MacOS X Snow Leopard

  • Apple releases Security Update 2009-004 for Tiger and Leopard

    Apple has released a couple of security updates for OS X 10.5 and 10.4. These updates address a problem in the way DNS messages are handled, which can allow an attacker to interrupt the DNS service. [aug-2009]

    Updates are available for both PowerPC and Intel installations of the OS, and can be downloaded through Software Update or through the following websites:



  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.8 and Security Update 2009-003

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.5.8, an update to Leopard that includes specific fixes for issues dealing with AirPort, monitor resolutions, and a Bluetooth issue. The update also updates Safari to version 4.0.2, a version already available as a standalone download, as well as all of the latest security patches. [aug-2009]

    The components of the update as listed on Apple's support page:

    • Upgrades Safari to version 4.0.2.
    • Improves the accuracy of full history search in Safari 4.
    • Resolves an issue in which certain resolutions might not appear in the Display pane in System Preferences.
    • Dragging an Aperture image into Automator now invokes an Aperture action instead of incorrectly invoking an iPhoto action.
    • Resolves an issue that could prevent importing of large photo and movie files from digital cameras.
    • Improves overall Bluetooth reliability with external devices, USB webcams and printers.
    • Addresses an issue that could cause extended startup times.
    • Improves iCal reliability with MobileMe Sync and CalDav.
    • Addresses data reliability issues with iDisk and MobileMe.
    • Improves overall reliability with AFP.
    • Improves overall reliability with Managed Client.
    • Improves compatibility and reliability for joining AirPort networks.
    • Improves Sync Service reliability.
    • Includes additional RAW image support for several third-party cameras.
    • Improves compatibility with some external USB hard drives.
    • Includes latest security fixes.

    The update is a 165MB download for Intel Macs, and can be accessed through Software Update, or through Apple's Support site.

    Security Update 2009-003 -- The security fixes included in Mac OS 10.5.8 are also available (as appropriate) for users still running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. All previous security updates have been incorporated in Security Update 2009-003, so you shouldn't need to do the multiple download dance if you're not up to date.

    Four variants are available, as always, a :



  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.7

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.5.7, an update for its operating system that improves application performance and stability, and also includes close to 70 security fixes. The update, available through Apple's Software Update control panel or from its Downloads Web page, adds RAW image support for several digital cameras; improves video playback and cursor movement for recent Macs with Nvidia graphics; improves the reliability and accuracy of the Unit Converter, Stocks, Weather, and Movies widgets; addresses Gmail login issues and Yahoo contact sync issues; and improves Finder search results for network volumes, among other tweaks.

    It also fixes several issues with Apple's iCal and Mail applications, as well as its Parental Controls control panel. And it resolves several printing issues.

    Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the Mac OS X 10.5.7 patch is the fact that it contains 68 security fixes.

    Be sure to stop all services safely before applying the update. [may-2009]

  • Apple released Security Update 2009-001 and updates Java

    Security Update 2009-001
    This update is available in many flavors through Software Update for Leopard (43.4MB), Server Universal (213MB), Tiger PowerPC (74MB), Leopard Server (46.54MB), Tiger Server PowerPC (141.76MB), and Tiger Intel (164.23MB).

    According to Apple, the update fixes the security flaw found in Safari last month that opened the door to malicious websites accessing personal information through an RSS feed.
    Other fixes are enclosed for vulnerabilities in the X11 server, AFP server, Apple Pixlet Video, a memory corruption issue in CarbonCore, and a flaw where local users could access another user's deleted, then recreated, Downloads folder, to name a few.
    Tiger-specific vulnerabilities repaired with the round of fixes were found in FreeType and LibX11. According to the document, computers running Leopard are either not affected by these two issues or have already been fixed in Mac OS X 10.5.6.
    Apple Support has the full release notes.

    Also, a Java for Mac OS X update delivers security and compatibility improvements for users running Leopard or Tiger.

    Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 3, 10.4 Release 8

    Leopard users are asked to install Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 3 (3MB), which improves the security and compatibility of Java on Mac OS X 10.5.6 and later. [feb-2009]

  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.6 and Security Update 2008-008

    MobileMe syncing improvements and security fixes headline the list of changes unveiled with the release of Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 update.
    The sixth update to Leopard (10.5), originally released in October 2007, comes with the usual range of tweaks, bug fixes, and security improvements.
    One update of note concerns MobileMe, which is now capable of pushing updates made to calendars or contact information from the Web or an iPhone to the primary Mac within a minute.
    A full list of the issues addressed with 10.5.6 can be found here, while a list of the security improvements can be found here . If you want to download the update from Apple's Web site, go here, but the Software Update function is the easiest way to get updated. [dec-2008]

    10.5.6 Update: Apple has posted the official changelog. Here are the highlights:
    • Improves the reliability of AirPort connections, including improvements when roaming in large wireless networks with an Intel-based Mac.
    • Improves reliability of Address Book syncing with iPhone and other devices and applications.
    • Includes general improvements to gaming performance.
    • Includes fixes for possible graphics distortion issues with certain ATI graphics cards.
    • Contacts, calendars, and bookmarks on a Mac automatically sync within a minute of the change being made on the computer, another device, or the web at me.com.
    • Improves Apple File Service performance, especially when using a home directory hosted on an AFP server.
    • Improves reliability and performance for AT&T 3G cards.
    • Improves printing for USB-based Brother and Canon printers.
    • Fixes issues that could cause Time Machine to state the backup volume could not be found.
    • Improves Time Machine reliability with Time Capsule.
    • Adds a Trackpad System Preference pane for portable Macs.
    • Personal Engadget favorite: Improves the performance and reliability of Chess.


    After updating to Mac OS X 10.5.6, Mail may unexpectedly quit.
    This can be caused by using a copy of Mail that wasn't updated properly (you may need to install the Mail Update). For more info, please visit this article.

  • Security Update 2008-007 goes live

    Apple unveiled Security Update 2008-007, resolving numerous holes in the system that mainly allowed for arbitrary code execution, but also pertains to several other vulnerabilities. The Weblog server was patched to fix an issue where users with multiple short names on the access control list would cause the server not to observe access rules properly. Security Update 2008-007 is available for both Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger and 10.5.5 Leopard. Security vulnerabilities in MySQL Server, launchd, the Finder, CUPS, Apache, and QuickLook were also patched, with many others. [oct-2008]

    Apple Downloads
    Security Update 2008-007 Client (PPC)
    Security Update 2008-007 Client (Intel)


  • Mac OS X 10.5.5 and Security Update 2008-006 released

    Apple has released Mac OS X 10.5.5 to customers. The latest upgrade to Leopard is available through your Mac OS X Software Update.
    The 10.5.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac [sep-2008].

    Apple details the updates at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2405 as well as Security changes at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

    Highlights of the improvements include:
    - Addresses stability issues with video playback, processor core idling, and remote disc sharing for MacBook Air
    - Improves Spotlight indexing performance
    - Improves iPhone sync reliability with iCal and Address Book
    - In MobileMe: improves overall sync and Back to My Mac reliability
    - Improves Time Machine reliability with Time Capsule

    The 10.5.5 update is available for free to all Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) customers.

    To update to Mac OS X 10.5.5, you have the option of using Software Update or a standalone installer - the latter being our recommendation. The standalone installer is available in incremental 'Delta' version that lets you update from Mac OS X 10.5.3 to 10.5.4, and comprehensive 'Combo' version that lets you update from Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, or 10.5.4 to 10.5.5, However, we also recommend using the combo updater even if you're only moving up one notch from OS 10.5.4 to OS 10.5.5.

    To Use a Standalone installer:

    Download the update installer and run it manually. This is also a useful option when you need to update multiple computers but only want to download the update once. These versions of the standalone installers are available from Apple Support Downloads.

    The Mac OS X 10.5.5 delta update (316MB) lets you update from Mac OS X 10.5.4 to 10.5.5.
    The Mac OS X 10.5.5 Combo Update (601MB) lets you update from Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3 or 10.5.4 to 10.5.5.

    You can get them at:
    http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/

    To use Software Update (if you must):

    Choose Software Update from the Apple menu to automatically check for the latest Apple software using the Internet, including this update. If your computer is not up-to-date, other software updates available for your computer may appear which you should install. Note that an update's size may vary from computer to computer when installed using Software Update. Also, some updates must be installed prior to others, so you should run Software Update more than once to make sure you have all available updates.
  • Security Update 2008-005 released

    Apple has released Security Update 2008-005, which includes its fix for the regular and server flavors of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard. It patches a serious flaw in the domain name system (DNS) protocol and this update also repairs the ARDAgent flaw. [aug-2008]

    You can download Security Update 2008-005 via Software Update (the easiest approach), or as standalone downloads for all versions of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (65 MB), for the desktop versions of Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger for PowerPC (88 MB) and Intel (143 MB), and for Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger Server for PowerPC (135 MB) and Intel (180 MB).

  • Mac OS X 10.5.4 and Security Update 2008-004 Fix Bugs

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.5.4, a bug-fix update that touches on several areas. Recent security updates are included (though the recent ARDAgent vulnerability has not yet been addressed. If you want to take advantage of the security updates without installing the operating system update, you can download Security Update 2008-004 for Intel and PowerPC. Search for security updates '2008-004' [jun-2008]

    Designers will be relieved to discover that a problem with saving and reopening Adobe Creative Suite 3 files located on remote servers has been resolved. A pair of AirPort fixes deal with reliability of 5 GHz networks and poor performance when using Logic Studio or MainStage.

    According to Apple's release notes, iCal sees the most improvements, such as resolving problems when deleting events, copying and pasting attendees between events, and reliability of shared meetings. Fixes in Safari center on improving performance and solving problems loading secure Web pages. Apple is still grappling with the way Spaces operates, fixing a problem where the Finder would become the active application when switching to a space instead of the program residing in that space, as well as an issue dealing with assigning applications to spaces in the Spaces preference pane.

    This update also includes a number of new security fixes, including major updates to patch recent vulnerabilities discovered in the Ruby programming language. Two fixes close holes that could allow an attacker to take over your computer if you were to visit a malicious Web site using Safari. One of those vulnerabilities is exploitable only if you have the Safari preference to "Open 'safe' files after downloading" set - this is a valuable reminder to disable that preference in Safari's General preference pane.

    The Mac OS X 10.5.4 update also adds raw format support for more cameras, fixes a problem where X11 may not be completely installed, and improves L2TP VPN client reliability.

    The update is available via Software Update or as standalone downloads:
    Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update (88 MB);
    Mac OS X 10.5.4 Combo Update (561 MB);
    Mac OS X Server 10.5.4 Update (133 MB);
    Mac OS X Server Combo 10.5.4 Update (677 MB).


  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update and Security Update 2008-003

    Apple updated Mac OS X 10.5, fixing several issues with the operating system and its components.

    Among the changes in Mac OS X 10.5.3 are several fixes for Apple's Time Machine backup application. The update addresses compatibility issues with the Time Capsule backup device as well as compatibility issues with Aperture 2, Apple's workflow application for photographers. The OS update aims to improve reliability when doing a full restore from a Time Machine backup, and an alert message incorrectly stating that a backup volume doesn't have enough space has been fixed.

    Apple's virtual desktop application, Spaces, received some minor updates in 10.5.3. A problem that could cause the reordering of application windows when switching desktops and then switching back has been fixed. The update also tackled an issue where pressing Command-Tab may have incorrectly switched users to a new space. The update also bolsters reliability for .Mac syncing.

    Mail receieved 10 updates in Mac OS X 10.5.3. Highlights include a fix for a stability issue when dragging large attachments to a mail message and reliability issues when changes are made to a mailbox while offline.

    iChat fixes include improved reliability during screen-sharing sessions and an issue with group chats not being indexed in Spotlight.

    Automator, AirPort, Address Book, Parental Controls and VoiceOver all received reliability enhancements with the update.

    The 420MB Mac OS X 10.5.3 update is available for download via from the software Update control panel. [may-2008]

  • Apple released Security Update 2008-002

    Apple released an Security Update 2008-002 for Mac OS X. The update contains over 40 fixes for various components of the operating system. Among the changes, a fix for Podcast Producer so it no longer sends passwords that can potentially be viewed by other local users has been implemented. Apple's Preview application also got an update to fix an issue that could allow encrypted PDF files saved in Preview to be read without a password.
    Most of the other issues fixed with this update involve core technologies and 'under-the-hood' components of Mac OS X. Apache, PHP, AppKit, ClamAV, CoreServices, CUPS and curl are among the components updated. [mar-2008]

    Security Update 2008-002 is available via Apple's Web site or from the Software Update tool in Mac OS X.

  • Apple posts Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2 Update and Security Update 2008-001

    The 10.5.2 update includes fixes for Safari, Mail, Launch Services, the Mac OS Directory Services, Open Directory and Parental Controls. There are also patches for several Unix components that ship with Apple's software, including a recently patched flaw in the Samba file-and-print software.

    The latest security update (for MacOS 10.4 and 10.5) fixes bugs in the Mac Operating system, including eight bugs in the recently released Mac OS X 10.5, known as 'Leopard'. [feb-2008]

  • Apple releases Security Update 2007-009

    Apple released Security Update 2007-009 which is recommended for all users of MacOS 10.4.11 or 10.5.1 and improves the security of the following components [dec-2007]:

    - Core Foundation
    - CUPS
    - Flash Player Plug-in
    - Launch Services
    - perl
    - python
    - Quick Look
    - ruby
    - Safari
    - Samba
    - Shockwave Plug-in
    - Spin Tracer

    Security Update 2007-009 is available via Software Update and also as standalone installers.

    More info and download links:
    Security Update 2007-009 (10.5.1) - 35.6MB
    Security Update 2007-009 (10.4.11 Universal) - 27.4MB
    Security Update 2007-009 (10.4.11 PPC) - 15.9MB



  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.1 Update

    The Mac OS X 10.5.1 Update updates Mac OS X Leopard version 10.5 to version 10.5.1

    The 10.5.1 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. [nov-2007]

    For detailed information visit this website.



  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.11 Update

    The Mac OS X 10.4.11 Update updates Mac OS X Tiger (versions 10.4 through 10.4.10) to version 10.4.11. [nov-2007]

    For detailed information visit this website.



  • Apple releases Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) worldwide

    Apple releases worldwide its new operating system iteration, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 [26-oct-2007].

    Among Leopard's main features are Time Machine, a totally redesigned Finder and Desktop, Spaces (multi-desktop), QuickLook (very fast and powerful file previews right from the Finder) among many others.

    MacOS X
    Leopard Technical Specifications
    Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard Support
    Leopard Server Technical Specifications
    Mac OS X Server v10.5 Leopard Support


  • Apple released Security Update 2007-007

    Apple has continued its approximately monthly cycle of security updates with a set of patches for Mac OS X [aug-2007].

    Depending on the version of Mac OS X (10.3.9 or 10.4.10, and client or server), the update patches a variety of components including bzip2, CFNetwork, Core Audio, cscope, gnuzip, iChat, Kerberos, mDNSResponder, PDFKit, PHP, Quartz Composer, samba, SquirrelMail, Tomcat, WebKit, and WebCore.

    Many of the vulnerabilities addressed allow the execution of arbitrary code (eg, when visiting a web site, opening a file with a maliciously crafted name, opening a maliciously crafted PDF file, or simply by receiving malicious network packets), so Apple recommends the update for all users.

    Many of the changes are in open source projects used by Mac OS X. One example is the update to Samba, which provides the Mac's Windows Sharing capability.

    Back in May, Symantec's security response team criticised Apple for not including an updated version of Samba in Security Update 2007-005: "The DeepSight Threat Analyst Team has suggested that all Mac OS X users using Windows Sharing disable the functionality until an associated Security Update is released or the 3.0.25 source code can be used to install the update version."

    The updates may be downloaded via Software Update or from Apple's web site.



  • Mac OS X 10.4.10 released v1.1 (avoid updating with the first version, 1.0, of this update)

    Apple has released Mac OS X 10.4.10, a maintenance update that adds more RAW image support, fixes issues with Bluetooth and USB, and addresses a few other issues. The delta update from 10.4.9 is available via Software Update or it can be downloaded for Intel-based Macs (a 72 MB download) and PowerPC-based Macs (a 25 MB download). A combo update (weighing in at a 293 MB for Intel Macs and 165 MB for PowerPC Macs) updates any version of Mac OS X 10.4 [jun-jul-2007]

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305533
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    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305534
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    This new version of Tiger fixes a problem where a Bluetooth headset may not be correctly removed from Bluetooth preferences, improves reliability when using the Apple Remote after waking from sleep and when mounting external USB drives, and resolves an issue with the TomTom GO 910 GPS navigation device on Intel-based Macs. It also fixes distortion and discoloration of DNG images, and adds support for RAW images created by the following cameras: Panasonic DMC-LX1, Panasonic DMC-LX2, Leica M8, Leica D-LUX 2, Leica D-LUX 3, Fuji S5 Pro, Nikon D40x, and Canon EOS 1D Mk III. The release notes also claim improved compatibility with Mathematica 6 on 64-bit Macs and a fix for a specific issue with dropped frames while importing video from a DV camera, among other changes.

    Mac OS X Server 10.4.10 has also been released as a delta update for PowerPC-based Macs (a 58 MB download), and as a combo update in universal (391 MB download) and PowerPC (218 MB download) versions.

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  • Apple has released Security Update 2007-005

    Briefly, the update touches the following system parts [may-2005]:

    • bind
    • CarbonCore
    • CoreGraphics
    • crontabs
    • fetchmail
    • file
    • iChat
    • mDNSResponder
    • PPP
    • ruby
    • screen
    • texinfo
    • VPN

    For a detailed list of the flaws patched, see Knowledge Base article #305530.
    The enhancements introduced by Security Update 2007-004 have been incorporated into this security update.
    The new release is available through Software Update, or via the following download links:
    • Security Update 2007-005 (Mac OS X 10.3.9 Server) [42.5MB]
    • Security Update 2007-005 (Mac OS X 10.3.9 Client) [56MB]
    • Security Update 2007-005 (Mac OS X 10.4.x PowerPC) [15.7MB]
    • Security Update 2007-005 (Mac OS X 10.4.x Intel) [29.2MB]


  • Security Update 2007-004 released

    Apple has released Security Update 2007-004, eliminating potential vulnerabilities in a broad set of Mac OS X components.
    Briefly, the update touches the following system parts [apr-2007]:
    • AFP Client
    • AirPort
    • CarbonCore
    • diskdev_cmds
    • fetchmail
    • ftpd
    • gnutar
    • Help Viewer
    • HID Family
    • Installer
    • Kerberos
    • Libinfo
    • Login Window
    • network_cmds
    • SMB
    • System Configuration
    • URLMount
    • Video Conference
    • WebDAV

    The new release is available through Software Update, or via the following download links:

    • Security Update 2007-004 (Mac OS X 10.3.9 Server) [54.1MB]
    • Security Update 2007-004 (Mac OS X 10.3.9 Client) [37.6MB]
    • Security Update 2007-004 (Mac OS X 10.4.x PowerPC) [9.3MB]
    • Security Update 2007-004 (Mac OS X 10.4.x Intel) [16.1MB]


  • Apple releases Mac OS 10.4.9

    The 10.4.9 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.8 and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies: [mar-2007].

    - RAW camera support
    - Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
    - Image capture performance
    - Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
    - Font handling
    - Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
    - USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
    - Bluetooth devices
    - Browsing AFP servers
    - Apple USB Modem
    - Windows-created digital certificates
    - Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
    - Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007
    - Security updates

    For detailed information on this Update visit: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n304821
    For detailed information on Security Updates visit: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798


  • Security Update 2007-003 for 10.3.9 Panther released

    Software Update will present the update that applies to your system configuration. Only one is needed. Security Update 2007-003 will install on Mac OS X v10.3.9 and Mac OS X Server v10.3.9 systems. [mar-2007]

    Mac OS X v10.4.9 contains the security fixes present in Security Update 2007-003 and will install on Mac OS X v10.4 or later, as well as Mac OS X Server v10.4 or later systems.

    Security Update 2007-003 and the related code in Mac OS X 10.4.9 fix dozens of problems reported in the Month of Apple Bugs, including what was the most serious remaining problem, a way to exploit a flaw in Software Update by 'enticing a user to download and open a Software Update Catalog file.'

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305214


  • Security Update 2007-002 released

    Apple has released Security Update 2007-002, the second security update of the year that addresses bugs identified by the Month of Apple Bugs (MoAB) project. None of the bugs offered any chance for user action other than standard Internet precautions, so it's good to see Apple solving these problems in the Finder, iChat, and the UserNotificationCenter process. It's a bit more important than it normally is to install this security update because of the MoAB's publication of the exploits before informing Apple. As always, the update is available via Software Update most easily, though stand-alone downloads are available for PowerPC- (3.8 MB download) and Intel-based Macs (6.6 MB download) running Mac OS X 10.4.8 (Client or Server) and for anyone running Mac OS X 10.3.9 (1.4 MB download). [feb-2007].

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305102
    http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/securityupdate2007002ppc.html
    http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/securityupdate2007002universal.html
    http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/securityupdate2007002panther.html


  • Mac OS X Security Updates 2007-001

    Apple released AirPort Extreme Update 2007-001, fixing a problem on Core Duo-based Mac minis, MacBooks, and MacBook Pros that could cause crashes or worse. The fix is related to a number of other repairs to low-level wireless hardware drivers that Apple made last year in response to a proof-of-concept exploit that could - theoretically - have enabled a nearby attacker to hijack a Mac via its wireless connection [jan-2007].

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305031

    If Software Update offers you the AirPort Extreme Update 2007-001, you should install it for safety's sake, and because it may fix some other bugs, but the likelihood of the security hole being exploited is nil. The update is a 7.4 MB download available via Software Update or as a standalone download.

    http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/airportextremeupdate2007001.html

    Apple also released Security Update 2007-001, which resolves a possible exploit related to how QuickTime 7.1.3 handles RTSP URLs. It's a 5.9 MB download available via Software Update or as separate downloads for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and Mac OS X 10.3.9 Panther.

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304989
    http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/securityupdate2007001universal.html
    http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/securityupdate2007001panther.html


  • Mac OS X Security Update Addresses QuickTime Java Issue

    Apple Computer released Security Update 2006-008, a Mac OS X patch that addresses a security threat involving QuickTime and Java. The patch changes the way Java handles Quartz Composer compositions [dec-2006].

    The patch can be downloaded through Software Update, and weighs in at 2.7MB.


  • OS X Security Update 2006-007 for OS X Tiger and Panther released

    Apple released a new security update for OS X Panther and Tiger. It's available via software update or these download pages.
    See the linked pages for details.
    OS X 10.3.9 version updates AirPort, ATS, CFNetwork, Finder, Installer, OpenSSL, PHP, PPP, Samba, Security Framework, VPN, WebKit, ftpd, gnuzip and perl.
    OS X 10.4.8 version updates all those plus Font Book and Font Importer.) [nov-06]

    Security Update 2006-007 (10.3.9 Client)
    Security Update 2006-007 (10.3.9 Server)
    Security Update 2006-007 (10.4.8 Client Intel)
    Security Update 2006-007 (10.4.8 Client PPC)
    Security Update 2006-007 (10.4.8 Server PPC)
    Security Update 2006-007 (10.4.8 Server Universal)


  • Apple releases Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.8 (and Security Updates 2006-006)

    Apple released Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.8 Update which is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies: [sep-06]

    - connecting to wireless networks using the EAP-FAST protocol
    - Apple USB modem reliability
    - using OpenType fonts in Microsoft Word
    - compatibility with 3rd party USB hubs
    - scanner performance
    - RAW camera support
    - printing documents with Asian language names
    - performance of the Translation widget
    - broadband network performance
    - security updates

    Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.8 Updates and Security Updates 2006-006 (10.3.9 Client and Server) are available via Software Update and also as standalone installers:

    Mac OS X 10.4.8 Update (Intel) - 206MB
    Security Update 2006-006 (10.3.9 Client) - 30MB
    Security Update 2006-006 (10.3.9 Server) - 43MB
    Mac OS X 10.4.8 Update (PPC) - 31MB
    Mac OS X 10.4.8 Combo Update (PPC) - 149MB
    Mac OS X 10.4.8 Combo Update (Intel) - 294MB
    Mac OS X Server 10.4.8 Update (PPC) - 62MB
    Mac OS X Server 10.4.8 Combo Update (PPC) - 196MB
    Mac OS X Server 10.4.8 Update (Universal) -202MB



  • Apple issues Security Update 2006-005 (and AirPort Update 2006-001)

    Apple has released two updates affecting Airport; you only need install one, following the guide below, or by using the Software Update utility (available in the Apple menu). Your OS build number can be found by choosing "About This Mac" in the Apple menu, and clicking once on "Version 10.x"

    AirPort Update 2006-001 will install on the following systems:
    Mac OS X v10.4.7 Builds 8J2135 or 8J2135a

    Security Update 2006-005 will install on the following systems:
    Mac OS X v10.3.9
    Mac OS X Server v10.3.9
    Mac OS X v10.4.7 Builds 8J135, 8K1079, 8K1106, 8K1123, or 8K1124
    Mac OS X Server v10.4.7 Builds 8J135 or 8K1079 [sep-06]

    Apple Security Updates


  • Apple issues Security Update 2006-004

    Apple issued Security Update 2006-004, addressing numerous issues in Mac OS X Panther/Tiger Client and Server. The update affects AFP Server, AppKit, ImageIO, Bluetooth Setup Assistant, Bom, DHCP, dyld, fetchmail, gunzip, Image RAW, LaunchServices, OpenSSH, telnet, WebKit, and AppKit. Users can update Mac OS X via the Software Update pane in System Preferences or head to Apple's website to obtain the necessary fixes. [aug-06]

    Apple Security Updates


  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.7 Update

    Apple Computer released Mac OS X 10.4.7, a maintenance and security update to its Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger operating system.
    The update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies. [jun-06]

    - sharing using AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP file sharing protocols
    - reliable access to Open Directory, LDAP and Active Directory services
    - login and authentication in a variety of network environments
    - file access and byte range locking with AFP file sharing
    - network access when using proxy server automatic configuration files
    - connecting to Cisco VPN servers using IP/Sec and NAT
    - AirPort and Bluetooth wireless connectivity
    - RAW camera support, including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
    - usability of Dashboard and widgets
    - searching iWork '06 and Microsoft Office documents with Spotlight
    - saving Word documents automatically when using a network home directory
    - viewing of QuickTime streaming media behind a firewall
    - audio playback in QuickTime, iTunes, Final Cut Pro, and Soundtrack applications
    - ensuring icons are spaced correctly when viewed on desktop
    - determining the space required to burn folders
    - synchronizing contacts, bookmarks, and calendars to .Mac and mobile phones
    - mounting and unmounting iDisk volumes
    - time zone and daylight savings for 2006 and 2007
    - Address Book, AppleScript, Automator, Dictionary, Font Book, iCal, iChat, DVD Player, Keynote, Mail, Preview, Safari, and Stickies
    - Disk Utility, Keychain Access, Migration Assistant, and Software Update
    - compatibility with third party applications and devices
    - previous Mac OS X updates and standalone security updates

    Download Links:

    Mac OS X Update 10.4.7 Combo Intel (215MB)
    Mac OS X Update 10.4.7 Intel (131MB)
    Mac OS X Update 10.4.7 Combo PPC (145MB)
    Mac OS X Update 10.4.7 PPC (64MB)

    Mac OS X 10.4.7 Server

    Apple also released Mac OS X 10.4.7 Server, which is recommended for all servers.
    The update includes fixes for:

    - AFP server deadlocks and dropped connections
    - saving Adobe and Quark documents to AFP mounted volumes
    - resharing NFS mounts with AFP
    - configuring up to 64 NFS server daemons in Server Admin
    - virus filtering and quarantine; update to ClamAV version 0.88.2
    - updating Kerberos keytab files when using changeip
    - periodic rolling of Password Server log files
    - configuration issues affecting MySQL performance
    - preallocating files when using tar, cp and mv with Xsan volumes
    - rebooting SAN clients without causing other clients to hang
    - reporting software RAID rebuild status in Disk Utility
    - compatibility with third party applications and devices
    - previous standalone security updates

    Download Links:

    Mac OS X Server Update 10.4.7 Combo (192MB)
    Mac OS X Server Update 10.4.7 (95MB)


  • Security Update 2006-003 Released

    Apple posted security update 2006-003, which patches vulnerabilities in many major Mac OS X components, such as Finder, Mail, Preview, Safari, CoreGraphics, AppKit, Keychain, and Launch Services. Several fixes prevent malformed image files from causing crashes or executing code, while others focus on specific security holes. The update is available via Software Update, or as separate downloads for Mac OS X 10.4.6 Client (in a 12 MB PowerPC or 23.5 MB Intel version) and Server (a 13.1 MB download); or Mac OS X 10.3.9 Client (a 28 MB download) and Server (a 41.6 MB update). [may-06]

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303737
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  • Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.6 Update

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.6 Update, which appears to be a massive, miscellaneous bug-fix update. Numerous bugs and inconveniences that we've experienced are said to be eliminated, including a Mail crash, the mysterious "we are using special permissions" reports when repairing permissions with Disk Utility, the misbehavior of the Calculator percentage button, the Help Viewer blank window, problems saving Microsoft Word 2004 documents across a network, and many others. The update also includes iSync 2.2, which provides synchronization support for additional mobile phone handsets; however, iSync users should perform a full synchronization of all devices before installing Mac OS X 10.4.6. [apr-06]

    http://docs.info.apple.com/ article.html? artnum= 303411
    http://docs.info.apple.com/ article.html? artnum= 303419

    As usual, you can use Software Update or download the update installer and run it manually; and in the latter case, you can download a delta updater (updates 10.4.5 to 10.4.6) or a combo updater (updates any Tiger installation). The updates are massive, with versions available via Software Update clocking in at near 46 MB, and standalone and Combo installers ranging from 65 to 191 MB. Apple also warns that (for reasons not revealed, but likely revolving around the login-related fixes) PowerPC-based Macs will automatically restart twice after the installation. The 10.4.6 update is available for both client and server versions of Mac OS X.

    http://www.apple.com/ support/ downloads/


  • Apple releases Security Update 2006-002 for OS X 10.4.5 and 10.3.9 (client/server)

    Apple has released a 2006-002 Security update for OS X 10.3.9 (client and server) and 10.4.5. Available via software update or at the links below. Here's the info from the 10.4.5 PPC update page (links below have info on the other versions) [mar-06]

    Security Update 2006-002 is recommended for all users and improves the reliability and security of the following components:
    apache_mod_php
    CoreTypes
    LaunchServices
    Mail
    rsync
    Safari

    Additionally, this update incorporates Security Update 2006-001
    For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798



  • Apple releases Security Update 2006-001 for PowerPC and Intel

    Apple has released its first Security Update of 2006 in both PowerPC and Intel versions.
    Apple says the update is recommended for all users and improves the security of the following components [mar-06] :
    • apache_mod_php
    • automount
    • Bom
    • Directory Services
    • iChat
    • IPSec
    • LaunchServices
    • LibSystem
    • loginwindow
    • Mail
    • rsync
    • Safari
    • Syndication

    Again, one of the best protective methods you can use is to inspect any newly obtained downloads before launching them. Click on the newly received download once to select it, then press the Command and I keys simultaneously, or go to the "File" menu in the Finder and select "Get Info."

    If the file carries the icon representation of an image or some other file, but shows a different "Kind" in the Get Info window, something isn't right. Avoid launching the file and follow up by obtaining information about the authenticity of the download source.

    Apple further discusses the fix in Knowledge Base article (read article). Of particular interest:

    Safari, LaunchServices; Mac OS X v10.3.9, Mac OS X Server v10.3.9, Mac OS X v10.4.5, Mac OS X Server v10.4.5

    Impact: Viewing a malicious web site may result in arbitrary code execution Description: It is possible to construct a file which appears to be a safe file type, such as an image or movie, but is actually an application. When the "Open `safe' files after downloading" option is enabled in Safari's General preferences, visiting a malicious web site may result in the automatic download and execution of such a file. A proof-of-concept has been detected on public web sites that demonstrates the automatic execution of shell scripts. This update addresses the issue by performing additional download validation so that the user is warned (in Mac OS X v10.4.5) or the download is not automatically opened (in Mac OS X v10.3.9).

    The update also protects against the Oompa-Loompa or "Leap-A" malware:

    iChat. A malicious application named Leap.A that attempts to propagate using iChat has been detected. With this update for Mac OS X v10.4.5 and Mac OS X Server v10.4.5, iChat now uses Download Validation to warn of unknown or unsafe file types during file transfers.

    Standalone download links:
    • Security Update 2006-001 Mac OS X 10.4.5 (PPC) [12.5 MB]
    • Security Update 2006-001 Mac OS X 10.4.5 Client (Intel) [22.5 MB]
    • Security Update 2006-001 (10.3.9 Client) [25.3 MB]
    • Security Update 2006-001 (10.3.9 Server) [38.6 MB]


  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.5, Mac OS X 10.4.5 Server Updates

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.5 Update for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs via Software Update which is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies: [feb-06]

    • iChat video conferencing
    • Safari rendering of web pages
    • usability of Dashboard and widgets
    • viewing of QuickTime streaming media behind a firewall
    • printing to some Epson printer models
    • iDisk and Portable Home Directory syncing
    • time zone and daylight savings for 2006 and 2007
    • VPN connections to Cisco servers when using NAT
    • compatibility with third party applications and devices
    • previous standalone security updates

      This update offers many improvements, including:
    • Internet, iDisk, and networking
    • Safari no longer quits unexpectedly when deleting AOL mail messages via AOL webmail.
    • Apple's IPSec VPN client now works with Cisco servers whether or not NAT is used.
    • Addresses an issue in which you could not sync with an iDisk larger than 4 GB.
    • Files copied across a network via Portable Home Directories are now copied as temporary files until the transfer is complete, in case the network connection is interrupted before the transfer finished.
    • Addresses an issue in which some Epson printers could not successfully print via AirPort Extreme

    For detailed information on this Update, please visit : http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n303179
    Mac OS X Server 10.4.5 Update info: http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/macosxserver1045.html


  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.4

    Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.4 and Mac OS X 10.4.4 Server (for PowerPC-based Macs)
    Apple has now posted Mac OS X 10.4.4 (which also ships on the new Intel CoreDuo-based Macs) in PowerPC-based Mac form.
    A Mac OS X 10.4.4 Server edition is also available [jan-06].

    Major improvements in this release (see below for a full list of changes) include enhancements to:
    - SMB/CIFS and NFS network file services
    - Bluetooth wireless access
    - Core Graphics, Core Audio, Core Image, RAW camera support, including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
    - Spotlight indexing and searching
    - AppleScript, iChat, DVD Player, and Safari applications
    - Dashboard widgets: Calendar and Stocks
    - Software Update and Sync Services
    - compatibility with USB and FireWire devices and third party applications
    - previous standalone security updates

    Download links are as follows:
    - Mac OS X Update 10.4.4 Delta [55 MB]
    - Mac OS X Update 10.4.4 Combo [120 MB]
    - Mac OS X Server 10.4.4 Delta [83 MB]
    - Mac OS X Server 10.4.4 Combo [166 MB]



    Apple Posts Security Update 2005-009

    Apple on released Security Update 2005-009, which delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users [nov-05].

    According to the release notes, the update addresses issues with apache_mod_ssl, CoreFoundation, CoreTypes, curl, iodbcadmin, OpenSSL, Safari, sudo, and syslog.

    Most notably, the update rectifies issues where:
    - local users may gain elevated privileges
    - maliciously-crafted URLs may result in crashes or arbitrary code execution
    - applications using OpenSSL may be forced to use the weaker SSLv2 protocol
    - local users on Open Directory master servers may gain elevated privileges
    - Safari may download files outside of the designated download directory
    - JavaScript dialog boxes in Safari may be misleading
    - visiting malicious web sites with WebKit-based applications may lead to arbitrary code execution
    - local users may be able to gain elevated privileges in certain sudo configurations
    - system log entries may be forged

    Security Update 2005-009 also includes enhancements to Safari to improve handling of credit card security codes (Mac OS X v10.3.9 and Mac OS X v10.4.3), CoreTypes to improve handling of Terminal files (Mac OS X v10.4.3), QuickDraw Manager to improve rendering of PICT files (Mac OS X v10.3.9), documentation regarding OpenSSH and PAM (Mac OS X v10.4.3), and ServerMigration to remove unneeded privileges.

    For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798


    Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.3

    Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.3 Update which delivers overall improved reliability and compatibility for Mac OS X v10.4 and is recommended for all users [oct-05].

    It includes fixes for:

    - AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP network file services
    - AirPort and Bluetooth wireless access
    - Core Graphics, Core Audio, Core Image, and RAW camera support
    - disc recording when creating and burning media
    - .Mac sync services
    - Spotlight indexing and searching
    - Dashboard widgets: Dictionary, Flight Tracker, Stickies, and Unit Converter
    - Address Book, AppleScript, Automator, Dictionary, Font Book, iCal, iSync, Mail, and Safari applications
    - Disk Utility, Keychain Access, Migration Assistant, and Software Update
    - compatibility with third party applications and devices
    - previous standalone security updates

    Mac OS X 10.4.3 is available via Software Update (97MB) and also as a standalone installer.
    Two versions of the installer (Delta and Combo) are available from Apple Downloads as standalone updates.
    After you download an update, you can use it to update your computer without being connected to the Internet:
    The Delta Update installer (97MB) updates Mac OS X 10.4.2 to 10.4.3.
    The Combo Update installer (109MB) updates Mac OS X 10.4, 10.4.1, or 10.4.2 to 10.4.3 .

    For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n301984


  • Office 2004 SP2 Enhances Entourage, Fixes Bugs

    Microsoft has released Office for Mac 2004 Service Pack 2 (SP2), which fixes bugs in all the Office programs and provides notable enhancements to Entourage, the email, calendaring, and contact management part of the software suite. Entourage 2004 SP2 features enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange Server, making it easier for Mac users to coexist in a predominantly Windows and Outlook environment. Specific improvements include better email and calendar management, enhanced public folder support, faster client-server synchronization, improved access (with full browsing) to the Global Address List, and enhanced delegate access that makes new setup possible entirely through Entourage without needing to use Outlook on a PC. Entourage 2004 SP2 requires Exchange 2000 or later, and some organizations may need updates to Exchange.

    Startup your Microsoft AutoUpdate (in the Applications folder) to install this Service Pack 2 [sep-05]

  • Apple Posts Security Update 2005-008

    Apple has released Security Update 2005-008, which is available either as a standalone installer or via Mac OS X's Software Update feature. The update applies to both Mac OS X 10.3.9 Panther and Mac OS X 10.4.2 Tiger, with sizes ranging from 4 to 7.4 MB.

    Fixes in this update include changes to ImageIO, LibSystem, Apple Mail, QuickDraw, Ruby, SecurityAgent, securityd, and Safari (Mac OS X 10.3.9 only). Some highlights:

    Security Update 2005-008 fixes a problem where, under certain situations using Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, a "Switch User" button could appear even though Fast User Switching isn't enabled. The bug potentially exposed a user's Desktop without authentication.

    * A bug in Authentication Services which enabled unprivileged users to grant themselves rights to manipulate files or perform other actions has been fixed.

    * Mail autoreply rules no longer expose the contents of encrypted messages, and (under Mac OS X 10.3.9), the update fixes a bug in Kerberos authentication which may have appended uninitialized memory to a message. (Uninitialized memory would likely be utterly nonsensical, but in theory could contain virtually any data your computer has processed since startup.)

    * A corrupt GIF image could potentially create a buffer overflow in ImageIO (an operating system component for rendering images used by Safari and other applications), which could enable an attacker to execute arbitrary code. No known exploitations have occurred, and Security Update 2005-008 fixes the problem. A similar issue with PICT images is fixed in the operating system's QuickDraw component. However, we've received reports that the latter fix may also be preventing legitimate PICT images from displaying properly.

    * Maliciously crafted Web archives could potentially make Safari render the archives as content from sites that didn't serve them. Safari 2.0 (part of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger) introduced Web archives; Security Update 2005-007 solved this problem in Tiger, and this update (2005-008) solves it for the version of Safari used with Mac OS X 10.3.9. [sep-05]

    Details 2005-008
    Downlaod for 10.4.2
    Download for 10.3.9


  • Apple Releases Security Update 2005-007

    Apple Computer released Security Update 2005-007 for both client and server versions of Mac OS X 10.3.9 Panther and Mac OS X 10.4.2 Tiger. The update includes a number of patches to Apple software (such as Mail, Safari, under-the-hood technologies like the Quartz and CoreFoundation frameworks, and, in Mac OS X Server 10.4.2, the Server Admin tool used to create firewall policies). Apple also patched components of Mac OS X's Unix underpinnings, including OpenSSL, the X11 windowing system, Apache 2, CUPS, Kerberos, and zlib. Apple recommends all Mac users install this update since it addresses several security problems which could, in theory, enable a remote attacker to access data on the computer, create user accounts, execute arbitrary programs, or let URLs bypass Mac OS X's built-in security check when clicked. The update is available from Apple via Software Update and at the first URL below; the download ranges from 13.3 MB to 29.9 MB, depending which version of Mac OS X you need to update. Apple details the changes included in Security Update 2005-007 at the second URL below. [aug-05]

    Download 2005-007
    Details 2005-007


  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.2

    Apple has released Mac OS X 10.4.2, the latest incremental update to Tiger.
    The new version contains improvements in the following areas:

    - File sharing using AFP and SMB/CIFS network file services
    - Single sign-on authentication and reliable access to Active Directory servers
    - Autologin for managed user accounts
    - AirPort and wireless access
    - Core Graphics, Core Audio, Core Image, including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
    - Finder updates including finding on Kind and using Slideshow
    - Synchronizing your iDisk with .Mac
    - Installation reliability
    - Managing Dashboard widgets
    - Address Book, Automator, iCal, iChat, Mail, Safari, and Stickies applications
    - Compatibility with third party applications and devices

    For a full list of enhancements, see Knowledge Base article #301722.

    As usual, we recommend that users avoid performing any other operations (in Mac OS X or third-party applications) while the update process is occurring. In addition, before installing this Mac OS X Update, make sure all Apple-installed applications and utilities are in their original locations. Moving one of these applications to a different location on your hard drive can lead to an incomplete update. Finally, we recommend that users disconnect any FireWire/USB devices before applying Mac OS X 10.4.2, then re-connect the devices one by one after the update process is complete and the system has restarted. Mac OS X 10.4.2 is available through Software Update, or as a 44 MB standalone download. [jul-05]



  • Security Update 2005-006 Released

    Apple released Security Update 2005-006, fixing the usual miscellany of possible security holes in services such as the AFP Server, Bluetooth, CoreGraphics, folder permissions, launchd, LaunchServices, MCX Client, NFS, PHP, and the VPN server. All of the holes apply to Mac OS 10.4 Tiger (both client and server versions), but only the Bluetooth and PHP fixes are relevant for those still running Panther, and the VPN fix was already rolled into Mac OS 10.3.9 by a previous security update. For full details, see Apple's description; the download ranges from 3.9 MB to 6.4 MB, depending on the version you need and whether you get it via Software Update or as a stand-alone download. [jun-05]

    Detailed information on the security update can be found here:
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301742
    http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/securityupdate2005006macosx1041.html
    http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/securityupdate2005006macosx1039.html


  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.1 update

    Apple released Mac OX 10.4.1 update via Software Update and the Web, the first update to the company's recently released Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Apple notes the improvements in this release as follows: file sharing using AFP and SMB/CIFS network file services; using DHCP in wireless networks; user login when accessing LDAP and Active Directory servers; core graphics including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers synchronization with .Mac; Address Book, iCal, Font Book, Mail, and Preview applications, Dashboard widgets-- Address Book, Flight Tracker, Phone Book, and World Clock; creating and burning disk images using Disk Utility, and compatibility with third party applications and devices. [may-05]

    Complete details are available from the release notes:
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301517


  • Apple posts Security Update 2005-005 for Panther

    Apple released Security Update 2005-005 (Client, Server) for Mac OS X v10.3.9 Panther. The 5.9MB update 'delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users.' According to the release notes, the update includes the following updated components: Apache, AppKit, AppleScript, Bluetooth, Finder, Foundation, Help Viewer, lukemftpd, sudo, Terminal, VPN, and X11. [3-may-05]

    Detailed information on the security update can be found here:
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301528


  • Mac OS X 10.4 ('Tiger') released

    Apple's brand new Mac OS X Ver.10.4 Tiger has enough features to lure Windows users away from Microsoft. More than 200 new features include the Spotlight, which lets you instantly search for files, emails, contacts, images, movies, calendars and applications; and the Dashboard, which you can use to check phone numbers, perform calculations and other tasks with one click.

    Then there's the video chat function, iChat AV 3, which is capable of delivering multi-way video and audio conferencing with excellent picture and sound quality; the work flow application Automator, which can process repetitive tasks; and the web browser, safari RSS, that provides news and information from thousands of websites in one list. [29-apr-05]










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