Apple, Firefox and Adobe Issue Fresh Security Updates
Apple, Firefox and Adobe together with Microsoft have been issuing security updates. Recently, the three released security patches developed for safeguarding computers from critical flaws, one of these allowing the execution of remote code. V3.co.uk published this on November 11, 2011.
Lately, software company Apple patched 17 security flaws within Java to safeguard Lion and Snow Leopard of OS X, an initiative for making the Mac OSs (operating systems) match the latest Java SE 6 update 29 of Oracle. Infosecurity-magazine.com published this on November 10, 2011.
Several security flaws exist within Java 1.6.0_26, the most critical letting a malicious Java applet for running random code that's not in Java sandbox. Going to a website having one malevolently-designed Java applet could allow random code-execution using the existing end-user's rights, Apple explains.
Moreover, as per the company, the security patches ensure Mac OSs with "enhanced adaptability, reliability and security."
Incidentally, similar to Apple, Adobe too upgraded the Shockwave Player of its company to version 18.104.22.1683, plugging many crucial security holes, which let cyber-criminals for inserting malware inside a target computer. A pair from these exists within DIRapi library of the Director, while one other within the TextXtra software. Each of these relates to flaws resulting from memory corruption, Adobe reports.
Further, with Shockwave Player included like an add-on within several Web-browsers, merely going to one maliciously-created website is sufficient to make a PC infected. The security flaws affect all versions of Mac OS X and Windows, versions till 22.214.171.1249.
And alongside Adobe and Apple, Mozilla too issued Firefox 8 on November 8, 2011, the company's open-source Web-browser's most recent upgrade that contains several new utilities as well as defenses from 7 security flaws.
Of these seven, four were said to be "critical" that were vulnerable to drive-by download attacks, implying that a target system could be contaminated with malware solely via making its user go to one malicious website. The remaining 3 that when abused could lead to theft of users' confidential data, and have been rated as "important."
All the 3 organizations have suggested computer users for making their systems up-to-date soon.
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