Apple Fixes Flash Security Flaw, Bugs With OS X 10.6.1 Update

Apple Fixes Flash Security Flaw, Bugs With OS X 10.6.1 Update

On August 28, Apple began shipping OS X Snow Leopard.  Soon after, it was discovered that Apple had shipped a vulnerable version of Adobe’s Flash player to customers.  The Snow Leopard installer would actually downgrade users’ Flash players to the defunct version.

Now Apple has released a group of updates, which include a fix for this issue.  The most significant of these updates is OS X 10.6.1, the first major update to the two week old OS.

The update installs Adobe Flash Player plug-in version, bringing the player up to speed.  It also fixes a flaw in Motion 4 that could cause unresponsiveness, issues sending SMTP mail with some servers, and problems with the auto setup features of Mail (Apple’s mail client).  It also offers a fix to compatibility problems with Sierra Wireless 3G modems, issues with finding printer drivers in the Add Printer OS option, issues with DVD playback suddenly stopping, issues with the Dock becoming unresponsive, and, lastly, issues with the keyboard shortcut Command-Option-T bringing up the special characters menu.

The download weighs in at 71.74 MB.  Customers can get it direct from Apple, or wait for their Software Update to kick in.

Apple also released updates to many of its other OS’s.  Apple’s new Mac OS X Server, also just shipped, received an update to 10.6.1.  Apple released a pack of security updates dubbed Security 2009-005 for its  Leopard Server (93.1MB), Leopard (93.14MB), Tiger Server (206.43MB), Tiger Server Power PC (132.53MB), and Tiger Intel (169.75MB) operating systems.

Apple released an update for its iMacs, which should help to fix some of the graphics issues with the ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics cards.  The update is available for systems running OS X 10.5.2 or later.  Apple also updated the firmware of its RAID Card, reportedly improving battery life, reliability on system crash (or power loss), improving Snow Leopard compatibility, and fixing a bug that would fill the onboard flash memory with garbage.

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