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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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Emergency security update for Adobe Flash Player released

Yesterday, May 4, 2012, Adobe released an update to all versions of their Flash Player. The exploits targets Internet Explorer on Windows and tries to trick users into clicking on a malicious file delivered in an email.

Adobe recommends that all users update their Flash Player to the most recent version. The newest version can be downloaded from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center. Adobe also indicates, “Windows users of Flash Player 11.2.x who have selected the silent update option will receive the update automatically.”

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Security Now...and Later

When you think about security for your computer, the first thing that ay ome to your mind may be anti-virus software, firewalls, or perhaps infected...when I think about security on a pc, Mac, or Linux, I think about Security Now with Steve Gibson and Leo LaPorte.

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