Apple at Work Patching 'Leopard' OS
Updated: Apple directs users a security patch concerning an outdated version of Java, which is applicable to Mac OS X Leopard version 10.5.8 or later.Computer maker Apple is alerting consumers to a security patch concerning Java for its operating system, Leopard (version 10.5.8 or later). Apple explained on its security update Website Sept. 3 that the version of Java installed with the Leopard OS "may allow an untrusted Java applet to obtain elevated privileges." Apple's patch updates Leopard to Java versions 1.6.0_15, 1.5.0_20 and 1.4.2_22. In the update, Apple cautioned, "Visiting a Web page containing a maliciously crafted untrusted Java applet may lead to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the current user. ... A stack buffer overflow exists in [the] Java Web Start command launcher. Launching a maliciously crafted Java Web Start application may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution."
Apple is dealing with a bug caused by the elimination of support for Apple Talk, which has caused the OS to cease connecting to older Ethernet-networked printers, according to Apple blog Macworld. However, the blog revealed Sept. 4 that accessing Print & Fax System Preferences can reconnect the computer. In addition, there have been reports of DVD playback stopping unexpectedly and problems regarding automatic account setup in Mail.