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Apple Updates Mountain Lion to 10.8.1

Today, August 23, Apple pushed out the first update to OS X Mountain Lion. The update can be downloaded through the Mac App Store or through a direct download.

To run the update, open the Mac App Store, click “Updates” in the upper right of the app, and wait for the update to appear. Follow the on-screen prompts from there. The 20-30 MB file addresses fixes for iMessage, Migration Assistant, and audio on Thunderbolt displays.

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Apple releases Lion OS X 10.7.4 to address security issues and bug fixes

Yesterday, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Apple released OS X Lion 10.7.4 to address security issues and bug fixes. This update is recommended for all users of Lion to improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your system.

The security updates included many items. However, the most publicized patched was for a flaw that allowed remote admins and persons with physical access to the system to obtain account information.

This flaw was introduced in OS X 10.7.3 and the effected only those using Legacy File Vault. For those effected, logs would contain sensitive information such as passwords in a visible format. For more information on this security bug, check out the article on TUAW.

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Interestingly enough, when viewing the details of the update in Software Update, users would see the list of bug fixes and were directed to an Apple webpage for the more extensive security updates.

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Mac Flashback infections lowered to 140,000 after patches

It has been a couple of weeks since the first reports of the Flashback malware surfaced. Even after multiple patches and solutions, Symantec is still showing around 140,000 Macs infected with the malware. This is down from over 650,000 before the patches. In their post, Symantec shares that “one of the new features of the Trojan is that it can now retrieve updated [Command and Control] locations through Twitter posts by searching for specific hashtags generated by the OSX.Flashback.K hashtag algorithm."

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