Apple Issues iOS, iWork Office Suite Patches, New Snow Leopard Update
Less than a week after Apple released the new Mac OS X Lion, it released a software update to resolve certain issues introduced by an earlier update as well as three security updates.
Mac OS X 10.6.8 resolved some issues that arose after Snow Leopard users applied the earlier update that was supposed to prepare their Macs for the new Mac OS X 10.7, Apple said July 25. The software update is available as two different releases, depending on whether the user installed the earlier Mac OS X 10.6.8 update from June 24.
The initial 10.6.8 update enhanced the Mac App Store to get the Mac ready for the new operating system, nicknamed Lion, along with a few other security fixes. However, the update caused certain network printers to pause during print jobs and fail to complete. In addition It also caused audio on some systems to stop working when using HDMI or optical audio out, Apple said.
For users who have already installed the original 10.6.8 update, they need to install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update. If the user had procrastinated on the update, the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Combo Update v1.1 is the cleaner version to install. The 1.09 GB update takes care of applying all the fixes for the initial release as well as resolving the newer issues, Apple said.
Separately, the company released three security updates for the iWork office suite to fix arbitrary code execution flaws in iWork '09 suite. Two of the issues apply to the Numbers application and one to Pages, Apple said. The vulnerabilities could be exploited using booby-trapped documents.
Apple also rolled out iOS 4.3.5 to address a security flaw on the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad. Verizon users with the CDMA-version of the iPhone will see the update as iOS 4.2.10. The update fixed a flaw in x.509 certificate handling which could potentially result in attackers intercepting SSL secure connections from Apple's mobile devices.