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Tuesday, May 01, 2007, 01:00 pm PT (04:00 pm ET)

Apple patches QuickTime flaw, issues Security and AirPort updates

Apple on Tuesday released QuickTime 7.1.6, which adds support for Final Cut Studio 2 and patches a widely publicized flaw in QuickTime for Java. Separately, the company also released security updates for its Panther and Tiger operating systems, as well as an update to its AirPort Extreme wireless software.

QuickTime 7.1.6 for Mac

QuickTime 7.1.6, available for both Mac (43.6MB) and Windows (19.1MB), delivers support for timecode and closed captioning display in QuickTime Player. It also addressing a critical security issue in QuickTime for Java widely publicized following a recent hacking challenge.

In addition, the Mac version of the QuickTime update delivers support for Final Cut Studio 2. Apple recommends the update for all users of QuickTime 7.0.

Security Update 2007-004 (Tiger)

Arriving alongside the QuickTime update is a revision to the fourth Mac OS X security patch of the year, targeting various components of Apple's Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger operating system.

The release, which is available as either a PowerPC (9.1MB) or Universal (15.7MB) download, addresses issues with AFP Client, AirPort, CarbonCore, diskdev_cmds, fetchmail, ftpd, gnutar, Help Viewer, HID Family, Installer, Kerberos, Libinfo, Login Window, network_cmds, SMB, System Configuration, URLMount, Video Conference and WebDAV.

Security Update 2007-004 (Panther)

Separately, Apple also issued a similar security update for its Mac OS X 10.3 Panther operating system (36.7MB). That version addresses potential vulnerabilities with AFP Client, AirPort, diskdev_cmds, fetchmail, ftpd, Help Viewer, Kerberos, Libinfo, Login Window, network_cmds, SMB, System Configuration, URLMount, Video Conference, WebDAV and WebFoundation.

AirPort Extreme Update 2007-003

Rounding out Tuesday's Apple software offerings was the Cupertino-based firm's third update of the year to its AirPort Extreme wireless software.

AirPort Extreme Update 2007-003 (3MB) is recommended for all Intel-based Macintosh computers and includes compatibility updates for certain third-party access points configured to use WPA or WPA2 security.