By Gregg Keizer
February 12, 2009
Apple Inc. today issued multiple updates for Mac OS X and Java that
patched 55 bugs, including one for its Safari Web browser that prompted
a security researcher to blast the company for a half-hearted approach
The updates were the largest released by Apple in nearly a year.
The year's first bug updates from Apple patched 48 security
vulnerabilities in the company's operating system and its components,
four in Apple's implementation of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java, two
non-security flaws it admitted it had introduced with faulty code in Mac
OS X 10.5.6, and one fix it said was a "proactive security measure." The
majority of the bugs -- 32 altogether -- were in open-source components
or software not originally crafted by Apple, as in the case of the
quartet of Java flaws.
But the Safari vulnerability may be the one most people remember.
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