Apple issues security updates for Mac OS X Leopard – to fight malware menace

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Apple has released a couple of important security patches for Mac users who have shunned upgrading to Snow Leopard and Lion, and chosen to remain on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

The fixes, which were already released in the last month for Snow Leopard and Lion users, should help make Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard a safer environment, and help reduce the number of Macs which became infected by the high-profile Flashback malware.

Apple’s Leopard Flashback Removal Security Update should help clean up those Macs running the legacy OS who are not yet running a proper anti-virus program.

According to Apple, the update will scan Mac users’ hard drives for the most prevalent variants of the Flashback Trojan horse, and remove them. In addition, the security update will also disable Safari’s…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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