The security update--17 of which could be considered critical--patches vulnerabilities found in Mac OS X and its bundled applications.
Apple Computer on Tuesday released a security update that patched 26 vulnerabilities in the MacOS X operating system and its bundled applications.
Although Apple doesn't rank its fixes as does Microsoft, 17 of the flaws could allow an attacker to execute code remotely, a condition generally marked as "critical" by other operating system vendors.
According to the bulletin that accompanied the 2006-004 update, seven of the bugs hit the "ImageIO" module, four affected AFP Server, two impacted the "dyld" and "gunzip" components, and the remainder were spread among Mac OS X parts that ranged from "fetchmail" to "telnet." A non-vulnerability update to Bluetooth which increased the auto-generated passkey of the setup assistant from six to eight characters was also included.
Separate security updates can be downloaded for Mac OS X 10.3.9 (client or server) and Mac OS X 10.4.7 (client) for PowerPC- and Intel-based machines from the Apple support site. Users can also retrieve the patches using their Macs' built-in software update tool.
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