By Dan Goodin
11th September 2009
Apple has issued fixes for more than 47 security bugs in the Mac, iPhone
and QuickTime media player, some that allowed attackers to take complete
control of the underlying device.
The patches, which were released over a 24-hour period starting
Wednesday, fix critical vulnerabilities in a variety software made both
by Apple and third parties. OS X components included Alias Manager,
CarbonCore, ClamAV, ColorSync, and CoreGraphics and Adobe Flash. The
updates were available for both the Tiger and Leopard versions of the
An update for the iPhone patched holes in CoreAudio, WebKit and
MobileMail, among other things. A third update fixed four
vulnerabilities in QuickTime, some of which allowed attackers to hijack
a machine by tricking users into opening specially manipulated H.264 and
For the most part, Snow Leopard, Apple's latest and greatest version of
Mac OS X, was left out of the security patch love. It received a single
fix that updated Flash to the latest, most secure, version. As
previously reported, the new OS shipped with a version of the media
player that left users susceptible to attack.
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