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Apple releases security updates for Safari and Java

17 Apr 2013
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Apple has released a security update to address critical security vulnerabilities in its Java and Safari platforms.

The company said that the update would include fixes for remote code execution vulnerabilities in both the web browser and media plugin platforms. The updates are being recommended for all OS X users.

For Safari, the update will include patches to address flaws which, if exploited, could allow an attacker to crash the application and remotely execute code on a targeted system. No other security issues were addressed in the Safari 6.0.4 update.

The Java update, meanwhile, will address some 21 reported common vulnerabilities and exposure (CVE) security issues. Risks from the flaws addressed in the update will include remote code execution flaws.

Apple said that the most serious of the issues would allow an attacker to remotely execute code outside of the Java security sandbox components.

Users can obtain both the Safari and Java updates through the OS X Software Update component.

Apple's update comes one week after Microsoft released its monthly security release. The 'Patch Tuesday' payload included fixes for critical security vulnerabilities in both Windows and Internet Explorer.

Adobe recently unveiled a patch of its own, addressing security vulnerabilities in its Shockwave and Cold Fusion security platforms.

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Shaun Nichols
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Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for V3.co.uk. He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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