Apple Updates Mac OS X Panther

UPDATED: Released Monday, Version 10.3.1 of Apple's Panther OS includes a range of security enhancements.

According to a report on Microsoft Watch, Apple Computer Inc. is preparing the first free update to Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" for release this week. According to the report the update will improve the new OS security.

The company last week provided developers with an advance seed of Version 10.3.1, labeled with the build number 7C107.

The report said Apple used a brief release note to describe some of the areas it updated in 10.3.1. The most significant changes and improvements will be to WebDAV, FileVault and FireWire 800 drive usage. The update will also include tweaks to disk image mounting, printing, and iDisk access.

Version 10.3.1 will include security updates Apple has released since shipping Panther.

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Meanwhile, Apple recently updated its "Special Message" issued to customers with external hard drives using a FireWire 800 interface. The company provided a list of links to third-party storage vendors and told hard drive owners to update the firmware for the drives Oxford 922 bridge chipset from Version 1.02 to 1.05. The update will resolve the issue.

Editors Note: This story was updated to include information about the Monday afternoon public release of Version 10.3.1 to users. The update is available through Mac OS Xs Software Update.

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