it.ucsf.edu

Security Update: Apple Releases Security Updates for OS X Mountain Lion

Status Type

Security Update

Date and Time

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 14:34

Reason

Security Update

Impact

Apple OS X Mountain Lion users

 

WHAT HAPPENED?
 
Apple released an update for OS X Mountain Lion to address two vulnerabilities. The most severe vulnerability could lead to the disclosure of sensitive information.
 
Advanced Users: For a complete description of the security enhancements and affected software refer to Apple Security Updates where Apple will post the details.
 
 
AFFECTED SYSTEMS:
 

  • OS X Mountain Lion v10.8 or later*

 
 
*Note:  Encryption and VPN compatible software for Mountain Lion has not yet been released.
 
However, if needed, you can use Mountain Lion now (as long as your computer is not currently encrypted) with the following understandings: (1) VPN is not officially supported yet for Mountain Lion, so you may experience some intermittent problems; (2) do not store any restricted data (e.g., patient info, social security, financial accounts) on the Mac until the encryption software become available; and (3) if you have a laptop, you will encrypt it once the compatible software is available.
 
 
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
 
Out of date software could allow a hacker to gain higher access privileges.
 
 
HOW DO I PROTECT MY COMPUTER?
 
Update your software

  1. If you have a computer support coordinator (CSC), no action on your part is required.
  2. If you do not have a CSC or they do not support your computer, updates may be obtained from the Software Update pane in System Preferences, or Apple's Software Downloads web site.

 
 
RELATED LINKS