Apple fixes over 20 security vulnerabilities in OS

Antony Savvas

Apple Computer has issued a patch to fix over 20 security vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system, including a major Wi-Fi threat.

Apple's Security Update 2006-007 includes fixes for vulnerabilities in Apple's own code as well as for third-party components that ship with it, including Perl, PHP and OpenSSL software.

Apple says several of the flaws could allow remote attackers to take over users’ systems.

The Wi-Fi threat centres around the AirPort driver software that shipped with Apple's original AirPort Wi-Fi card. A nearby computer could take control of a vulnerable system by sending it a malicious network packet.

The Apple patch, however, does not address a vulnerability reported earlier this week by security software firm Secunia.

This bug also allows attackers to take over users’ systems.

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