Curing What Ails the Cat: Apple Fixes for Mountain Lion & Safari

October 1, 2013 | By Editor

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Besides using Comodo Internet Security, the best way to protect your computer is to keep up with all of the security updates for you operating system. The Windows OS is the hacker’s favorite target, but if you think you don’t have to worry about this because you use the Mac then I regret to inform you that you are wrong.

Hackers are increasingly looking beyond Windows for targets and the Mac platform is the second most popular OS for desktops and laptops, with 7.26% of the market according to netmarketshare.com. That may not sound like a lot, but we are talking about a huge market. The Mac is also popular in certain fields such as graphic design and engineering. If you are planning a denial of service attack on such a firm, you need to include it in your attack vector. Not that I’m suggesting it!

In September, Apple rolled out a new set of patches and security updates for OS X Mountain Lion and Safari. The company released 10.8.5, a security update for Mountain Lion that they claim will boost security, stability and compatibility. According to the official support page, the update fixes 30 different bugs in the operating system which is detailed in the official support page of Apple website. It addresses multiple issues that Safari has with the Apache web server, including preventing cross-site scripting errors. It also defends the Mac against denial of service attack caused by vulnerabilities in BIND, the DNS software.

Other problems addressed by this update include issues with PHP, PostgreSQL and OpenSSL. The security vulnerabilities found in these areas could lead to data corruption, arbitrary code execution and privilege escalating problems.

Also included is an update for the Certificate Trust policy that removes several root certificates that were no longer legitimate. Its installer function will no longer allow the installation of software with revoked certificates. Previously, the installer displayed a warning and allowed the user the option to proceed.

Apple is expected to wind up their cat names series of operating systems, Lion, Mountain Lion, etc. The company is set to release their new series of operating systems beginning with Mavericks. It will be officially launched in October 2013 and it will be very interesting to see how it fares in the market.

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