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Thursday, September 21, 2006, 04:20 pm PT (07:20 pm ET)

Apple issues AirPort, Security software updates

A new security update for Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating system plugs holes in the company's AirPort wireless software that could potentially allow attackers to invoke malicious acts.

Just the fifth major security update released for Mac computers this year, Security Update 2006-005 addresses a series of issues that could potentially allow attackers on a wireless network to cause system crashes, arbitrary code execution or elevate their access privileges.

The update is available as a 2.2MB download for the Universal version of Mac OS X 10.4.7. Apple also posted 1MB updaters for Mac OS X 10.4.7 PowerPC and Mac OS X 10.3.9.

Separately, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company issued a 1.3MB AirPort Update 2006-001 — the first of the year — that improves AirPort wireless connection reliability on Mac computers.