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Apple Updates Mac OS X With 60 Fixes

The Macintosh operating system was updated to fix 60 flaws in the OS and bundled applications. Even for Apple, which traditionally has handled numerous bugs in any given update, October's total was a new record.
Apple Computer on Monday updated its Macintosh operating system to fix 60 flaws in the OS and bundled applications. Even for Apple, which traditionally has handled numerous bugs in any given update, October's was a new record.

The update to Mac OS X 10.4.3 covers bugs in everything from Apple's Safari Web browser to password problems that can lead to the Mac's version of Windows' infamous "Blue Screen of Death."

Available in versions for either Mac clients or servers, the 10.4.3 update also fixes major security issues such as a failure in the software update feature to properly install critical fixes, and several data disclosure vulnerabilities in the OS kernel, which could potentially let local users gain access to sensitive information.

Danish vulnerability tracker Secunia rated the bugs with an aggregate "Less critical" ranking, while other security vendors noted that no known exploits had been spotted for any of the vulnerabilities patched by the update.

Mac OS X 10.4.3 corrects a record number of problems that beats the previous high in August by 50 percent, and it size -- 97MB for the client version, 118MB for the server -- reflects that.

A full listing of the 60 fixes can be found here.

10.4.3 can be retrieved manually from the Apple Downloads site or through the operating systems' internal Software Update feature.

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