Several weeks ago, we revisited the complaint from many Snow Leopard users that their files would be deleted from the home directory after logging into a guest account. At the time, Apple said it was looking into the matter and would have a proposed fix in the near future.
Tonight, the future has arrived, as Apple has unveiled its latest Snow Leopard update - a security patch that aims to fix a plethora of issues while simultaneously enhancing the general performance of the operating system.
According to InformationWeek, the Mac OS X 10.6.2 update addresses many of the security vulnerabilities that occur in open source components of Mac OS X, like Apache or Subversion.
The 10.6.2 update resolves a bug that could lead to the deletion of files in a user's home directory following a Guest account login. It also repairs an unexpected logout issue, a problem with Spotlight search that prevented Exchange contacts from being seen, and numerous other stability and usability issues, as explained on Apple's Web site.
According to the Apple update summary, the update also targets login bypass vulnerability:
"If an account on the system has no password, such as the Guest account, a user may log in to any account without supplying a password. This update addresses the issue through improved access checks."
cracking down on those dreaded "Hackintoshes" or netbooks utilizing the infamous Atom chip to illegally run OS X.
The update, which addresses some forty security vulnerabilities, is now available for download from Apple's website or via Apple's Software Update preference panel.
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