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Apple Releases OS X 10.7.5 Software Updates

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 19-09-2012

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Apple Software UpdateApple recently released security updates for both OS X Snow Leopard and Lion along with firmware updates for MacBook systems and for iPhoto, Aperture, iOS and Mountain Lion. All of the updates are expected to be available through a Software Update, though they can also be downloaded from the Apple Support download pages.

The security issues that these updates address include problems with web sharing as well as problems with DNS management services, which could potentially result in a denial-of-service attack on the system. In addition to that, these updates address revocation of a compromised root certificate from TrustWave that would let an attacker intercept personal information.

Updates to the systems’ directory services, core image-handling libraries, kernel, and log-in window services also fix bugs that allowed attackers to acquire passwords as well as other personal information as a result of the user accidentally executing an unwanted program.

Most of these problems are only potential issues that hackers have yet to exploit, though that could all change now that the inefficiencies have been made public. That is why Apple is releasing these updates, as added security from uninvited guests.

Aside from all of the security fixes, the OS X 10.7.5 update for Lion looks into some usability issues, including:

  • Improves compatibility connecting to Active Directory servers
  • Improves WiFi reliability for iMac
  • Resolves an issue using Spotlight to search an SMB server
  • Resolves an issue where icons in Launchpad may get rearranged after restart

There is also an OS X 10.7.5 server variant update which fixes some significantly and commonly used services via:

  • Maintaining Spotlight index when changing share point settings
  • Improving reliability of password authentication
  • Reliably booting NetRestore images created with System Image Utility
  • Improving reliability when changing an Xsan metadata controller into a client
  • Creating and connecting to Open Directory master
  • Using Software Update Server to automatically download and enable software updates
  • Using Profile Manager to set the Mobility sync frequency settings for mobile accounts

Source: CNET – Apple releases OS X 10.7.5 and Snow Leopard security updates

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