Patches for five vulnerabilities released Monday fix various components of the Mac OS X operating system. The greatest threat is a buffer overflow in the Apple file-sharing system that could allow a remote attacker to take over control of the system. But the company described it as a correction “to improve the handling of long passwords.”
“They are not characterizing the issue so that people can make a security decision about it,” said Chris Wysopal, vice president of research and development at @Stake, a digital security firm that found the flaw and reported it to Apple.
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