Apple Patch Catchup

I’ve fallen a bit behind on blog posts about notable security updates (I was counting on August to be the slowest month this year work-wise, but so far it’s actually been the busiest!). Recently, Apple released a series of important patches that I haven’t covered here, so it’s probably easiest to mention them all in one fell swoop.

-QuickTime 7.6.7, for Windows 7, Vista and XP: Fixes a single security vulnerability in QT.

-iTunes 9.2.1, for Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later, and Windows 7, Vista and XP: Fixes a single vulnerability, and includes QT update.

[NB: Windows users should run the bundled Apple Software Update application to ensure both QuickTime and iTunes are up-to-date.]

-iOS 3.2.2 Update for iPad, iOS 3.2 and 3.21 for iPad: Addresses two serious flaws, including the PDF reader flaw that allowed jailbreaking on 3.21 iPads, iPhones and iTouches. If you have jailbroken your iPad and you’d like to keep it that way, grab the unofficial patch from the Dev-Team. Instructions for doing that are here, but basically you open Cydia with your jailbroken device and search for “PDF Patch,” and apply it.

-iOS 4.0.2 Update for iPhone and iPod touch (2nd generation or later): Again, this update fixes two security holes, including the one used to jailbreak these devices. If you have not jailbroken your device, apply this patch. If you have jailbroken your device and want to keep it that way, search for the PDF patch as instructed above.

[NB: If you’re not familiar with the terms “jailbreaking” and “Cydia,” then you should just apply the Apple updates if you use these mobile devices.]

-Safari 5.0.1, Update for Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.2 or later, and Windows 7, Vista and XP: Fixes at least 15 security flaws in Safari 5.

-Safari 4, on Mac OS X 10.4.11, OS X Server 10.4.11, et al: Corrects at least 15 flaws in the older version of Safari.

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