Apple Rolls Out Mac OS X 10.6.3 Update

Apple has released a major update for its couple of latest OS releases, bringing a slew of security patches for Mac OSX 10.5 and Mac OSX 10.6, codenamed ‘Leopard’ and ‘Snow Leopard’ respectively.

With its new 10.6.3 security update, the company addressed issues pertaining to compatibility with various components, such as OpenGL, QuickTime and DNS. Furthermore, it also stabilises compatibility with USB drives, and enhances printing reliability.

In addition, the recent update to Snow Leopard also bolsters the performance of iMovie, Bonjour, iChat, as well as LogicPro 9 applications.

Besides the security update comprises of as many as 69 patches for a wide range of components in both the aforementioned operating systems. The security fixes are available with the 10.6.3 update for the Snow Leopard users, while Leopard users would have to download it as a stand-alone security update.

In various security fixes incorporated with the update, nine are addressed at patching security vulnerabilities in QuickTime, whereas four are aimed at plugging the security holes in the ImageIO component.

Additionally, the update also addresses a wide array of issues, including colour issues in iMovie with HD content, compatibility with OpenGL-based applications, DNS server ordering, along with changing Daylight Savings Time rules for various locations, such as Pakistan, Argentina, Fiji, and Antarctica.

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Among the most notable of all, Apple’s latest update also involves security fix for the Safari flaws exploited by a researcher, named Charlie Miller, during the last week’s CanSecWest Pwn2Own competition.

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