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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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Apple Releases 10.7.1 Update for OS X Lion

Posted by zduncan | Posted in Computer | Posted on 17-08-2011

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Mac OS X LionNot long after its release, Apple has already issued the first maintenance update to OS X Lion. The update, known as OS X Lion 10.7.1, is available now via Software Update and Apple’s download pages though you should be prompted by your Apple computer to update the next time you turn it on.

According to Apple, “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.” Fixes to OS X Lion found in 10.7.1 include:

  • Addresses an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when playing a video in Safari.
  • Resolves an issue that may cause system audio to stop working when using HDMI or optical audio ouput.
  • Improves the reliability of WiFi connections.
  • Resolves an issue that prevents transfer of your data, settings and compatible applications to a new Mac running OS X Lion.

All the information on the OS X Lion update 10.7.1 can be found on the website http://support.apple.com/vb/HT4764 so you should head on over there if you have any questions or you want more information about the update itself.

In addition to that, Apple has also released a separate version of 10.7.1 that is specific to the most recent MacBook Air and Mac Mini. This update included the same features as the original 10.7.1 update but also adds specific fixes only designed for these devices. These new fixes include:

  • Resolves an issue where MacBook Air may boot up when MagSafe Adapter is attached.
  • Resolves an issue causing intermittent display flickering on MacBook Air.
  • Resolves an issue that causes the SD card slot in Mac Mini to run at reduced speed with SD and SDHC media.

To top it all off, Apple has also released a separate OS X Lion Update 10.7.1 (Server) update for any system with Lion Server components installed. This fix improves the reliability of the Apple File Service. In addition to that, a unique OS X Lion 10.7.1 Update for Mac Mini 2011 (Server) update, including all of the OS X Lion 10.7.1, Lion Server and specific Mac Mini changes has also been released.

Source: Mac Rumors – Apple Releases OS X 10.7.1 with Fixes for Video in Safari, Audio Out, Wi-Fi and more

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