Critical patches emerge for Mac OS X security holes

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It’s not clear if Apple was feeling left out with all the attention being given to a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, but they have issued a security update for users of their Mac OS X operating system.

2010’s first security update from Apple is designed to better protect its users from hacker attacks, and patches a dozen vulnerabilities in a variety of components including CoreAudio, the Adobe Flash Player plug-in, ImageIO, Image RAW and OpenSSL.

If hackers took advantage of these security flaws they could potentially infect users by getting them to open an audio file or tricking them into visiting a boobytrapped website.

The update to Flash Player tackles the…

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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.