SECURE IT ALERT: Something new for 2012 for Apple Mac OS X users – SECURITY UPDATES! Yippeee!

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Homeland Secure IT Alert

Secure IT Alert for Thursday, February 2, 2012

If you are running a current version of Apple Mac OS X, 10.6.x or OS X 10.7.x  (Snow Leopard & Lion respectively), then you are vulnerable to exploits that these patches correct.

These security flaws could potentially allow an attacker to execute code on your computer after you visit a malicious web site or download/view affected documents or files, or allow Denial of Service (DoS) or even elevation of privileges.

How do you fix this? Apple has released OS X Security Update 2012-001 and OS X 10.7.3 to fix these security problems – UPDATE ASAP.

The 52 security vulnerabilities affect 27 components that are part of OS X and OS X server.  Some of the affected software includes: Apache, OpenGL, PHP, QuickTime and Time Machine.

A few examples:

Buffer overflow vulnerability in ImageIO – View a malicious image and it could result in a crash of an application, or code to be executed on your computer. The upside is, it would only execute with your privileges.

Buffer overflow vulnerability in CoreAudio – Play a malicious audio file and experience a crash of your system, or execute code with your privileges.

QuickTime vulnerabilities – Six of these babies could mean that if you open a malicious image or video in QT, code could be executed with your privileges.

The full update information can be found at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5130

Should you require assistance in applying these updates, do not hesitate to call us in the Greenville or Upstate SC area at 864.990.4748 or email info@homelandsecureit.com

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