Apple needs more than skin-deep security

Wednesday, 5 November 2003, 11:33 AM EST

If recent events have shown anything, it's that Apple Computer needs to get more serious about handling security issues in Mac OS X. Apple, the maker of the most popular Unix-based desktop system, announced to a security mailing list that its latest update to the Mac OS X operating system, called "Panther," will fix 13 issues in the operating system. Many of the issues were minor; a few were serious.

Kudos to Apple for fixing all the problems. However, the advisory Apple released did not mention whether the fixes for the software flaws would also be made available for two other versions--10.2 and 10.1--of the operating system. Many security experts--not just @stake, which originally found four of the flaws--worried whether Apple intended to release them at all. Multiple calls by reporters over the ensuing few days elicited no comment from Apple, except that the responsible groups within the company were discussing the issue.

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