As scheduled, Apple has released security updates this week for Mac OS X, Safari, iOS devices, and Apple TV to address numerous vulnerabilities.
The Safari updates are particularly important because they include fixes for 10 browser bugs that could be exploited by hackers to inflict “drive by downloads. This is where a user can be diverted to a malicious or infected web site where malware is then downloaded on the user computer.
Apple also highlighted that a known problem for automatically connecting WI-FI networks has been fixed for the Mac.
Apple has stopped shipping security updates for the 2009 OS X Snow Leopard, which is estimated to be installed on about 15% of all Macs. Unlike Microsoft, which publishes its support schedule , Apple simply stops producing security updates without notice.
The security updates available include:
- Security Update 2014-003 for OS X Lion v10.7.5, OS X Lion Server v10.7.5, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, and OS X Mavericks 10.9 to 10.9.3.
- Safari 6.1.5 and Safari 7.0.5 for OS X Lion v10.7.5, OS X Lion Server v10.7.5, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, and OS X Mavericks v10.9.3.
- iOS 7.1.2 for iPhone 4 and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, or iPad 2 and later.
- Apple TV 6.2 for Apple TV 2nd generation and later.
A complete list of recent Apple security updates is available at support.apple.com.
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