Extremely critical Mac OS X patch plugs 58 security holes

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Yesterday Apple issued a fix for 58 vulnerabilities in its Mac OS X operating system, many of which could lead to hackers running malicious code and hijacking your Apple Mac.

The update to version 10.6.2 of Mac OS X Snow Leopard also includes a number of “stability and compatibility” update for users, including a fix for a bug that permanently deleted user data while using guest accounts.

More information about the products affected by the Apple security vulnerabilities can be found on Apple’s website.

Security Update 2009-006 has also been released for users of Mac OS X 10.5.8 who have not yet upgraded to Snow Leopard.

It can’t be emphasised strongly enough the importance of keeping your computer patched. Even though…

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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.