Apple Issues Security Update

Last Wednesday Apple released its first security update of 2012 for Mac OS X, patching more than 50 vulnerabilities. Updates are available for Mac OS X 10.7, known as Lion, and for 10.6, Snow Leopard.

Early adopters of the update running Snow Leopard and using Rosetta applications may have experienced some problems, but two days after the release, Apple provided a fixed update 2012-001 v.1.1. Users on Lion did not experience any issues with the original 1.0 update.

The Security Update is available through the Software Update tool built into the operating system or from Apple’s Downloads webpage.

IS&T at MIT recommends to always make sure to have a backup of your system before applying updates and patches. This situation also reminds us that, although it may be contrary to the intent of the security patches, it might be better to wait a few days before applying software updates. Just to ensure any bugs have been worked through.

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Several users who installed the Mac OS X 10.7.3 update via Software Update within the first couple days of its release did experience one nasty problem. It has been documented here. Those who did experience this problem with the update were able to fix it by installing the Client Combo Updater via target disk mode.



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