Apple releases Security Update 2006-008

Apple today released Security Update 2006-008 which is recommended for all users and improves the security of the following components:

• Quartz Composer
• QuickTime for Java

Security Update 2006-008 offers security improvements for QuickTime for Java, Quartz Composer (CVE-ID: CVE-2006-5681)
Available for: Mac OS X v10.4.8, Mac OS X Server v10.4.8

Impact: Visiting a malicious web site may lead to information disclosure

Description: Java applets may use QuickTime for Java to obtain the images rendered on screen by embedded QuickTime objects and upload them to the originating web site. When this facility is used in conjunction with Quartz Composer, it becomes possible to capture images that may contain local information. This update addresses the issue by disallowing Quartz Composer compositions in unsigned Java applets. Quartz Composer compositions continue to function locally. Applications and signed Java applets that utilize QuickTime and QuickTime for Java are unaffected. This issue does not affect systems prior to Mac OS X v10.4. It also does not affect the Windows platform.

Security Update 2006-008 is available via Software Update and also as standalone installers:
• More info and download link for Security Update 2006-008 (PPC) here.
• More info and download link Security Update 2006-008 (Universal) here.

Related articles:
Apple working with MySpace on QuickTime JavaScript worm fix – December 05, 2006
QuickTime JavaScript worm spreads via MySpace – December 04, 2006


  1. Anyone else’s iSight discontinue working after applying this patch?
    I have a G5 Quad.
    I applied the patch and shutdown the machine for the night.
    Powered up this morning, started iSight via Delicious Library.
    iSight light came on but image froze and wouldn’t unfreeze.
    I turned off/on iSight – iSight didn’t come back on.
    Exited DL, tried iChat. No luck there.
    Repaired disk permissions, still not working.
    Recycled power by holding the power button (as recommended at another site). Nope.

  2. Thank you- I appreciate your response. It’s amusing this happened when standalone iSights are not available and my 12 month warranty ended two weeks ago. I’ll investigate and test some more this weekend.

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