December 1, 2003

Ending the Free Lunch

In the last week of October, Apple debuted its latest installment of the BSD-based operating system Mac OS X 10.3, also known as Panther. With it came
many new features, as well as some security fixes.

And not just a couple security fixes, several of them. All told, nine security fixes ranging from problems in Mac OS X applications such as finder, to
freely available applications such as OpenSSH.

The security patches created a huge controversy when they came out, owing to a rumor that the only way to get the fix would be to purchase the
upgrade, a $129 outlay.

In the end, this turned out to be untrue. Apple assured customers that the fixes would be back-ported, and would be available for all other currently
supported operating systems.

Link: securityfocus.com

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