Apple Fixes Mac OS, Microsoft Intros Messenger
Quite a way to end the month, with a big bug fix and nicely integrated instant messenger
The company released a batch of 15 fixes to security holes and vulnerabilities across the operating system and applications.
The update brings the Macintosh OS to revision 10.4.8. The last update came in June. Some of the new fixes are for some pretty interesting bugs. In one case, a corrupted JPEG2000 image could be created to cause a buffer overflow error and arbitrary code execution.
A similar fix was issued for corrupt PICT images, where code could be embedded in the image and cause a buffer overflow and code execution. Apple also issued a pair of Kerberos security-related fixes, a patch to its Safari browser and one for Adobe's Flash multimedia player.
The news was announced on Mac Mojo, the Macintosh Business Unit's blog on MSDN by Mary Starman, group product manager for the MacBU, as the group likes to call itself.
Starman explained that A/V support isn't available in this release because Windows Live Messenger and Live Communications Server (are not quite in sync on their audio and video technologies, but eventually will be.
So rather than write two sets of code, only to have to throw one away in the coming months, the team is preparing a single, common protocol to put A/V support in a future version of Messenger for Mac.