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Apple – a 19 flaws patch

by Nikola Strahija on May 9th, 2005 Apple posted a big update to fix 19 security vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system. Both client and server versions of a widely used version of its software - Mac OS X v10.3.9 - need patching.

The mega patch covers a variety of security problems, some of which create a means for hackers to remotely commandeer vulnerable systems. The update fixes flaws ranging from the way the OS handles TIFF image files to security controls over how files are passed using Bluetooth short-range wireless technology. Meanwhile a security bug in Apple's LDAP implementation means that under certain circumstances passwords might be stored in plain text.

The patch roll-up also resolves a number of privilege escalation and spoofing vulnerabilities. Security firm Secunia collectively rates the fixes as "highly critical".

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