Apple plans to remedy Jaguar security issues

Monday, 3 November 2003, 9:59 AM EST

While some in the security community fretted that Apple would only make the patches available as part of the $129 Panther upgrade, Apple said it will also offer the security patches for older versions of Mac OS X.

"Apple's policy is to quickly address significant vulnerabilities in past releases of Mac OS X wherever feasible," the company said in a statement. "The shipment of Panther does not change this policy. Apple has an excellent track record of working with CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) and the open-source community to proactively identify and correct potential vulnerabilities," it said.

The concern began on Tuesday, when Apple released an advisory that indicated that the Mac OS X 10.3 upgrade--which adds an improved Finder menu, better synchronization of files and a tool to help its users find a specific window on a crowded desktop--also includes more than a dozen "security enhancements."

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