Apple releases Security Update 2010-006 for Snow Leopard

Users of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard have a minor security fix waiting for them in Software Update.

Apple on Monday released Security Update 2010-006, which, at a little less than 2MB, could almost fit on a single floppy disk. (Remember those?)

According to this security document, the update fixes one specific bug in Mac OS X 10.6.4’s AFP file sharing implementation that could allow remote attackers to bypass the password validation system if they know the name of an account on the Mac.

Fortunately, previous versions of Mac OS X are not affected. As of this writing, Apple has no released the same security fix for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server. For now, at least, only client users need the update.

At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Generally faster than Leopard
    • Most applications run in 64-bit mode
    • Rudimentary malware checking
    • Supports Exchange
    • Improvements to Exposé and Dock


    • Many features won’t truly be exploited until Mac hardware evolves
    • Lackluster QuickTime Player update
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