Apple plugs 26 security holes in Mac OS X

Apple Computer has fixed 26 security flaws in its Mac OS X operating system.

Apple Computer has fixed 26 security flaws in its Mac OS X operating system.

Several of the flaws fixed by the patch allowed remote attackers to take advantage of the way the operating system handled images and file-sharing capabilities.

Other security holes were found in components such as Fetchmail, file compression features, and the DHCP networking functionality.

In an advisory, internet security software company Symantec said the flaws could allow “remote attackers to execute arbitrary code, trigger denial-of-service conditions, elevate privileges, and disclose potentially sensitive information”.

Apple said some of the flaws had been discovered by Google and the open source Mozilla Foundation, along with independent security researchers.

Most of the flaws affect both the client and server versions of OS X.

The issued patch also provides greater security for when the Apple platform is used to connect to Bluetooth short-range wireless devices.

 

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