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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What the?! Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update released, and it's a whopper

My MacBook informed me today that I needed a 100 MB (!) operating system update, so I decided to look it up. Apple says it addresses a huge, almost alarming number of issues, so I decided to look around for more info. Here's an illuminating piece from ZDNET:
When the controversial Month of Apple Bugs (MOAB) project ended earlier this year, a derisive “that was it?” reaction could be heard coming from the Mac faithful.

But, a close look at Apple’s latest batch of bumper patches provides total vindication to LMH and Kevin Finisterre, the two hackers who went against the grain and called attention to serious defects in code coming out of Cupertino.

Apple’s 2007 patch count is an eye-opener. Seven updates, 62 vulnerabilities.

Yesterday’s bumper Security Update 2007-003 provided fixes for a whopping 45 security bugs affecting Mac OS X users.

Apple’s marketing department gets a kick out of kicking sand in Microsoft’s eye on security but, truth be told, Apple has a long way to go to match Redmond’s seriousness around security. This is an issue that was raised almost a year ago by Microsoft’s Stephen Toulouse and it’s worth repeating.
Agreed. Does the smug stop here?

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