As predicted, an update to Apple’s (s aapl) Snow Leopard and Leopard operating systems, which fixes a record number of vulnerabilities, is now available.
The sizable patch, which weighs in at over 700MB, tends to a number of known security problems within the latest client and server versions of OS X, and is the largest update Apple has ever put out. This new update, known officially as ‘Security Update 2010-002’, fixes 92 problems in total, bringing Snow Leopard up to version number 10.6.3.
For those still running Leopard, and and plenty of you are, this update offers 18 specific fixes for Apple’s older OS. Snow Leopard sees 29 distinct fixes, with the remaining 45 improvements being applicable to both operating systems.
Fixes found within the update include improving the reliability of Airport connections, minor adjustments to OS X’s Mail application, refinements to Time Machine’s backup process and more. One of the most noticeable inclusions within this update were the nine critical updates targeting QuickTime. However, the numerous updates to Apple’s media player, as pointed out by Computerworld, come as little surprise due to the impending launch of the iPad. It’s increasingly common for Apple to update both QuickTime and its iTunes software ahead of the launch of a new device.
More information regarding the update, including a full run down of improvements, can be found within Apple’s official support pages. The update can be downloaded now either online or via OS X’s integrated system updater.
Let us know if you run into any issues with this upgrade.