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Apple posts Mac OS X 10.6.4, Leopard security updates

updated 06:05 pm EDT, Tue June 15, 2010

Unique 10.6.4 patches target new Mac minis

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.4, an update long in development for Snow Leopard. The patch fixes several important problems; these include keyboards and trackpads becoming unresponsive, Creative Suite 3 programs failing to launch, and difficulty in copying, renaming or deleting files on SMB servers. Minor bugfixes target fullscreen editing in Aperture and iPhoto, and using Good Quality deinterlacing in DVD Player.

The code further closes some two dozen security holes, while also improving VPN reliability, and compatibility with braille displays. Several different editions of the update are available; these include ones for Mac OS X Server, correcting dozens of unique flaws such as ones in CalDAV, podcasting support and Software Update. Two other editions are directed at the new Mac mini, and address issues with graphics performance and compatibility, and compatibility in terms of SDXC cards.

Matching security releases are available for Mac OS X Leopard and Leopard Server, under the header of Security Update 2010-004. These eliminate many of the same vulnerabilities removed in v10.6.4, a laundry list of which includes exploits in CUPS, folders, iChat, network authorization and other components.

The updates can be downloaded via Apple's support website or directly through Mac OS X's Software Update option. File size can vary dramatically, but the client-side v10.6.4 combo update is 887.37MB.

by MacNN Staff



  1. tsbruford

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Proceed with caution

    iMac froze up on restart, had to power off and reboot 4x. Not the smoothest of installs.

  1. Integr8d

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Security fixes did you say???

    I'm glad Apple is waiting for major product launches to release a 'laundry list' of security patches.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Superobese... super-size me...

    I used the Combo Updater as I usually do and that mother was huge. Took quite a bit of time to run the install on my iMac 3.06 GHz. The very end went rather slowly. Fortunately, everything went along without a hitch and things are working smoothly with just one reboot. I guess updates are just going to get bigger and bigger as time goes on. It seems like more RAM is being used upon boot, also. About 300 MB more on my setup.

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