Apple's OS X Mountain Lion Adds Automatic Security Updates

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Apple is adding automatic installation of security updates to its soon-to-be-released OS X Mountain Lion.

"This new capability -- 'OS X Security Update Test 1.0' -- will make the OS contact Apple's servers on a daily basis or every time the machine is started, download and automatically install updates, thus ensuring that the users always have the latest patches," writes Help Net Security's Zeljka Zorz.

"It also creates a 'more secure connection' to Apple servers, hinting to new encryption technology or a more strict default settings," AMOG reports.

"The security changes in Mountain Lion bring OS X to parity with Windows, which has long checked for patch updates daily, and which by default automatically downloads and installs those updates for users," writes Computerworld's Gregg Keizer.

"Apple is making security a priority in the next iteration of OS X to counter new threats that continue to crop up as Macs gain a larger user base," AppleInsider reports. "In April the highly-publicized Flashback trojan used a Java exploit to spread onto an estimated 600,000 Macs around the world prompting Apple to release both a Java disabler for Safari and a standalone malware uninstaller."

"While the new OS X Security Update system should be immediately beneficial to individual users, it's not clear how well the new system will work for IT administrators," writes Ars Technica's Chris Foresman. "Automatic updates are not often welcomed in the enterprise, where system and third-party software updates are routinely evaluated for stability before being applied across all systems. Though security updates rarely affect performance, the possibility may worry some admins."