Apple subdues solo IPv6 bug

Apple subdues solo IPv6 bug

Apple Inc. Wednesday released Mac OS X 10.4.10 to patch a single security vulnerability and address several issues in Bluetooth and USB, add RAW image support for eight new cameras, and fix a decimal rounding error.

The update patches the IPv6 protocol's handling of type 0 routing heads, which if exploited by an attacker, could degrade network performance, Apple said in a short alert. Only Mac OS X 10.4.x versions are affected by the bug.

Other changes bundled with 10.4.10 make sure the operating system correctly deletes Bluetooth headsets from the available list when it's been removed from preferences, resolves corruption problems in DNG images, and improves the reliability of mounting external USB hard drives. It also adds RAW support for several digital Panasonic, Leica, Fuji, Nikon, and Canon cameras; fixes calendar calculation errors; and corrects a decimal rounding error Apple said appear in unspecified "some applications."

The update -- which ranges from 25MB for the PowerPC client to 391MB for the universal Server edition -- can be downloaded from Apple's site, or retrieved using Software Update. As of Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. EDT, only a handful of users on Apple's support forums had posted messages detailing problems with the update.

Several Apple bloggers and enthusiast sites have noted that this is the first time Apple has turned out a tenth version of an operating system. Chatter about a dot-10 for Tiger started two months ago, when Apple announced it would delay 10.5, a.k.a. Leopard, until October because it needed to shift development resources to the iPhone.

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