Apple has released an updated version of its iTunes media player application, hot on the heels of the release of a new iPod Shuffle.
Both the Mac and Windows versions of iTunes have been updated to add new features and to plug a security vulnerability in the way the application handled podcast feeds.
Apple said that both versions of the software were vulnerable to a bug which allowed an attacker to steal iTunes account information by way of a maliciously crafted podcast feed.
Windows Vista and XP users will receive an additional fix in the update. The company said that the 8.1 update will also patch a vulnerability in the digital audio access protocol component which could allow an attacker to trigger a denial-of-service error on a targeted machine.
The iTunes 8.1 update will also add new features to the software, such as the ability to import songs under the DRM-free iTunes Plus encoding format, and an updated autofill system.
The update speeds up performance for several common tasks, including managing music libraries and syncing iPod and iPhone units.
Users can obtain the update through the Software Update component or through the Apple iTunes web site.
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