security fixes


Apple has released OS X 10.8.4 update to fix bugs and close many security holes. The update includes Safari 6.0.5 update which fixes security issues found in the browser. A security update for earlier Mac OS X versions, Security Update 2013-002, was also released along.

According to the security advisory released by Apple, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 and Security Update 2013-002 update fixes 31 vulnerabilities in the operating system. Further 26 security issues were fixed in Safari 6.0.5.

On November 19, 2012, Mozilla has released the latest Firefox 17.0 web browser (stable channel) for all supported platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Android. The most exciting feature is with Firefox 17, Mozilla finally brings social integration, to the stable channel of the web browser.

Other notable features and improvements are overall security of the web browser has been improved, by implementing click-to-play blocklisting and support for the “sandbox” attribute (HTML5) for IFrames. Additional Firefox 17 come with lots of performance improvements, fixes touch on the “new tab” page, fixes problem with the pointer lock not working in web apps or page down scrolling too far on websites with fixed headers.

Apple has released OS X Lion 10.7.4 update that features a number of security fixes, general improvements and Safari browser update. If you’re running OS X Lion 10.7.3 or earlier, just run the Software Update app and download 10.7.4 update.

With the latest update the Cupertino company have fixed the FileVault vulnerability, which left users’ FileVault passwords stored outside of encryption in easy to read plain text. Before you start worrying, not every OS X user is having this issue. This issue only occurs if an OS X user have upgraded from a previous installation of Snow Leopard to Lion. If your Mac came installed with OS X Lion as standard, then your Mac is safe from this issue.

WordPress developers has just released WordPress 3.1.3. It is a security update and is very much a recommended update. In the blog post announcing the update, it was also revealed that WordPress 3.2 beta 2 is now available too.

WordPress 3.1.3 contains the following security fixes and enhancements:

  • Various security hardening by Alexander Concha.
  • Taxonomy query hardening by John Lamansky.
  • Prevent sniffing out user names of non-authors by using canonical redirects. Props Verónica Valeros.
  • Media security fixes by Richard Lundeen of Microsoft, Jesse Ou of Microsoft, and Microsoft Vulnerability Research.
  • Improves file upload security on hosts with dangerous security settings.
  • Cleans up old WordPress import files if the import does not finish.
  • Introduce “clickjacking” protection in modern browsers on admin and login pages.

Google Chrome web browser stable has been updated to 8.0.552.237 for all platforms. The latest stable release fixes several security vulnerabilities, making it a mandatory update for all Chrome stable users.

The Google Chrome Releases blog lists 16 different vulnerabilities that have been fixed in the new version of which one received the highest rating critical and 13 of high. Sergey Glazunov, the researcher who discovered the critical vulnerability has received the first “elite” Chromium Security Reward, $1337 reward and several other rewards at the same time.

The releases contain the security fixes listed below.

Apple has released an update to its desktop operating system, Mac OS X 10.6.5. This update is the fifth update to its Snow Leopard operating system. The update brings a number of fixes for a lot of issues. The fixes released includes fixes for printing problems, Exchange compatibility, and improved graphics drivers. The update also includes many security fixes.

The maintenance release update for Mac OS X addresses printing issues like delays between print jobs, connecting some HP printers to Airport base stations, VoiceOver bug in Safari, and spacing of OpenType fonts. It addresses networking and syncing features such as improved Microsoft Exchange server reliability and compatibility, improved syncing between Address Book and Google Contacts, better performance with Active Directory, and reliability of Ethernet connections.