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Apple releases OS X 10.9.2 update to tackle SSL bug

Also shores up Facetime and iMessage
Wed Feb 26 2014, 13:21
Apple Mac OS X Lion desktop on a MacBook Air

APPLE HAS RELEASED the Mac OS X 10.9.2 update that includes a fix for the recently discovered SSL security vulnerability.

Apple reacted to the SSL issue quickly for iOS, but has been slower to come up with the update for its desktop operating system.

It has come out with that now, though, and promised a resolution of that issue as well as some tweaks to Facetime and iMessage.

"The OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 Update is recommended for all OS X Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac," Apple said.

You can go right to it via the update link above, or get it via your Mac computer and its software update options.

You should of course back up before making any changes, and Apple recommends that you use Time Machine for this.

There are about 30 changes in the OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 Update, and Apple kicks these off with tweaks to the chat applications iMessage and Facetime.

"[It] adds the ability to make and receive Facetime audio calls, call waiting support for Facetime audio and video calls, [and] the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders," it said.

Security expert Graham Cluley was anticipating the release, and welcomed it when it came out. He recommended that people update as soon as they can.

"It is now obviously important that iMac and MacBook users update their copy of Mavericks at the earliest opportunity (users of earlier versions of Mac OS X are not thought to be affected), before online criminals manage to take advantage of the flaw," he wrote.

"Companies and organisations typically like to take their time rolling out operating system updates, in case there are incompatibilities or unintended consequences of pushing out a new update to the computers on their network. Home users, however, are typically more relaxed, eager to upgrade to the latest and 'greatest' version of their preferred operating system." µ


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