Mac Security: OS X 10.7.5 gains Gatekeeper, Snow Leopard gets patched
The now shipping iPhone 5 has been the focus of attention this week. However, there are important Mac security updates available for OS X, iTunes 10.7, Safari 6.0.1 and security updates that you really need to download and install. Two cases in point are OS X 10.7.5 and Snow Leopard Security updates.
OS X 10.7.5 Update includes Gatekeeper, a new security feature introduced in OS X Mountain Lion (see also: New in Mountain Lion: GateKeeper), that helps you keep your Mac safe from malicious software by giving users more control over what apps are installed on their Mac.
Other fixes and features in OS X 10.7.5:
• OS X Lion Update 10.7.5 (Client Combo), download
— Resolve an issue where icons in Launchpad may get rearranged after a restart
— Improve Wi-Fi reliability for iMac (Late 2009 and newer)
— Resolve an issue using Spotlight to search an SMB server
— Improve compatibility connecting to Active Directory servers
— Additional tweaks and fixes
— OS X Lion Update 10.7.5 (Delta)
For what it’s worth, Apple hasn’t yet posted OS X 10.7.5 security content information, which will eventually get get posted here.
Snow Leopard security in focus
Apple has delivered Security Update 2012-004 (Snow Leopard) and Security Update 2012-004 Server (Snow Leopard). The only description that’s paired with these updates is that Apple recommends all users install them — the real details will eventually get posted here, too.
And, lest they be forgotten, Safari 6.0.1 and iTunes 10.7 are also available and address scores of security issues — click through for the full details on the security content in these two critical app updates.