OS X 10.5.5 Hits The Streets…. DNS Flaw Finally Fixed…. Fanbois Can Rest Easy Now

Late yesterday, Mac OS X 10.5.5 hit the streets. The patch is clearly meant to address security issues as the security release notes explain. The item that you should care about from these notes is this one:

  • BINDAvailable for: Mac OS X v10.4.11, Mac OS X Server v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5 through v10.5.4, Mac OS X Server v10.5 through v10.5.4

    Impact: BIND is updated to address performance issues

    Description: BIND is updated to version 9.4.2-P2 to address performance issues. For Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems, BIND is updated to version 9.3.5-P2. For Mac OS X v10.5.4 systems, BIND is updated to version 9.4.2-P2. Further information is available via the ISC web site at http://www.isc.org/index.pl?/sw/bind/

What this means is that the DNS Flaws that I have written about previously have finally been fixed. It’s about time they dealt with that. I wonder what took them so long?

There are other more mainstream fixes in this as well. The release notes have details on these fixes as well. One thing I did notice is this line:

Includes extensive graphics enhancements.

In my case, that means that the driver for the Nvidia graphics card got updated. I also note that the card runs slightly cooler. So I am guessing that Apple has applied the same fix that people like Dell has come out with to fix mitigate the well documented Nvidia issues.

So far I can’t report anything earth shattering about this update, but I’ve been running it for less than 12 hours. If anything pops up, I’ll post it here.

In the meantime, download the update from Software Update or from the links below:

For those of you who haven’t updated from 10.4, the same security enhancements (but not the bug fixes) are available from Software Update or from the links below:

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