OS X 10.6.1 Fixes Bugs, Updates Flash Plug-in

software-updateBetter. Faster. Easier. That marketing speak from Apple about Snow Leopard can now add: Updated.

Two weeks after “the world’s most advanced OS” debuted, the world’s most advanced update is out. At a slim 75MB, 10.6.1 offers the usual stability and compatibility improvements, as well as correcting an embarrassing mistake on Apple’s part. The bullet points include:

  • Sierra Wireless 3G modem compatibility
  • Improves printer compatibility
  • DVD playback fix
  • Issue removing Dock items resolved
  • Issue accessing the special characters menu resolved
  • Fixes problems with auto account setup in Mail
  • Issues sending mail with some SMTP servers resolved
  • Motion 4 stability fix
  • Updates Adobe Flash Player plug-in version to 10.0.32.18

Regarding the Flash plug-in, Snow Leopard included an out-of-date version on the disc, one that could have led to “arbitrary code execution when viewing a maliciously crafted web site.” 10.6.1 includes the most recent version of the plug-in.

Apple also released security updates for plain, old Leopard, as well as Tiger, but Snow Leopard is the new cat in town. Mac OS X 10.6.1 is recommend for regular users as well as compulsive upgraders via Software Update and direct download.

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