Apple Releases Upgrades for Most of Its Big Cats

Snow LeopardCriticized by consumers and the media alike for using an outdated version of Adobe flash player in the recently released Snow Leopard operating system, Apple has released updates for both Tiger and Leopard OS’s.

Apple stated that multiple issues existed in the Adobe Flash Player plug-in, the most serious of which could have lead to arbitrary code execution when viewing a “maliciously crafted web site.” Snow Leopard’s first update packaged nine patches for Flash player vulnerabilities alone. The 75.1MB update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and is now available via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.

The 2009-005 update also addresses various issues in Mac OS X 10.5.8, Server 10.5.8, 10.4.11 and Server 10.4.11–patching 33 bugs in Leopard and about 16 in Tiger. Apple describes the faulty component as a buffer overflow that exists when handling alias files.

Other related updates include a few security upgrades for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple releases their upgrades randomly—shipping them whenever they’re ready, instead of scheduling them for particular dates like Microsoft. The updates available are for iPhone OS 1.0 through 3.0.1 and for iPod touch 1.1 through 3.0.