Apple addressed the Safari flaw in both the Security Update 2009-001 for Mac OS X , and in a separate update for Windows users that bumped up the browser to Version 3.2.2. While recent data puts Safari's overall browser usage share at 8.3 percent, the Windows edition accounted for a scant 0.3 percent last month, about a quarter the share of Google's Chrome .
The company last patched Safari in November 2008, when it updated the browser twice in less than two weeks to plug more than a dozen holes.
Other parts of Mac OS X that Apple patched today ranged from the Pixlet codec -- which contained a bug that could be triggered by a malformed movie file -- and the Folder Manager to the printing module and Remote Apple Events, which could be exploited to steal information.
The separate Java updates -- one aimed at Mac OS X 10.4, a.k.a. Tiger, the other targeting Mac OS X 10.5, or Leopard -- fixed four vulnerabilities for each version of Apple's operating system, and brought the software up to par with patches Sun released two months ago .
Apple last patched its operating system in mid-December 2008, when it fixed 21 flaws . Today's patch tally was more than double that, and considerably higher than other large security updates the company issued last year, including a 40-bug release in October . In fact, today's update was the largest by Apple since a 90-fix update in March 2008.
Security Update 2009-001 and the Java updates can be downloaded manually from the Apple site or installed using Mac OS X's built-in patch service. Safari 3.2.2 for Windows can be downloaded from the Apple site.
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