Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global
network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have urged
users of the Apple Mac OS X operating system to install an
important new security update.
Apple has issued the new security update, which fixes a number
of flaws in the Mac OS X operating system that could be exploited
by malicious hackers or malware. The vulnerabilities, if left
unpatched, could allow hackers to run dangerous code on innocent
The security update affects the following Mac OS X
Amongst the fixes is an update to the Safari web browser which
was found to be vulnerable to malicious shell scripts. Additionally
the iChat instant messaging system has been updated to warn of
potentially malicious file types being transmitted. The update to
iChat has been issued in the wake of the discovery
of the OSX/Leap-A worm last month.
Separate downloads are available on Apple's website for Mac OS X
v10.3.9 "Panther" client and server versions, as well as Mac OS X
v10.4.5 "Tiger" Intel and PowerPC versions.
"Apple Macs have been in the news for the last few weeks
regarding a number of security issues," said Graham Cluley, senior
technology consultant at Sophos. "It's important that all computer
users are protected against the latest attacks, and have their
computers properly patched against vulnerabilities in the operating
system. It would be a mistake to think that security flaws are only
found in Microsoft's products."
Sophos continues to recommend companies protect their desktops
and servers with automatically updated