Apple releases Security Update 2010-003 for Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard

Apple StoreApple today released Security Update 2010-003 (Snow Leopard) which is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X.

Apple also released Security Update 2010-003 (Leopard-Client) and Security Update 2010-003 (Leopard-Server), both of which are also recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update.

Security Update 2010-003 is available via Software Update and also via standalone installers.

More info and download links here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “iQuack” for the heads up.]


  1. I’m glad Leopard still gets equal treatment, at least for security updates. It will make PowerPC Mac users happy.

    Now, where’s the one for Tiger. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. BTW, I know OS X is far less prone to virus attacks compared to windoze, but my buddies always comment, “that’s only because Mac has such a small marketshare. Wait until it grows large enough to be on the virus-design radar and you’ll see plenty of them, and they’ll do a lot of damage considering so few Mac users run virus software.”

    I personally think that Apple simply does a far better job heading off virus threats with these software patches than Microsoft, combined with the thought that Apple users may update their software more often or more regularly than windoze users.

    Anyone have a thought about this?

  3. @BiteanAAPL It’s been said before, certain % of Market Share should invoke a certain % of bad stuff. So far there is ZERO in the wild “bad stuff” for the Mac. I have hear of “bad things” on Linux even bad things on iPods for those systems. Still not one for the Mac. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> Want to go deeper? Look at Mac OS 9 vs Windows. Mac OS 9 had some bad things in the wild. Not sure but I think around 50 or so bad things. Mac OS 10.x enjoys Zero.

    Just my 2¢

    Dave B.

  4. @ BiteanAAPL

    There is some truth to it. When most of the target machines are Windows, especially older versions that are not fully patched by their users, for fear of breaking something or because they are using a pirated installation, it makes for a much better target for malware.

    However, the complete truth is that Windows gets more malware, precisely because it’s easy pickings. The low hanging fruit is Windows, not apples. Why work much harder to compromise a Mac (even if possible), when Windows is acting as a malware magnet for hackers? Criminals are lazy. They want to profit from the least amount of effort. Why even attempt to go after Macs. Obviously, it is very difficult, because there has no been even ONE virus for Mac OS X, only other types of malware that require the user to do something stupid to get installed.

    So even if Mac OS X market share ever equals Windows, most of the malware action will still be directed at Windows. It’s not “security by obscurity,” it’s more like SECURITY BY INFERIORITY (of Windows).

  5. @ BiteanAAPL,

    Your buddies are Windows users. They are Malware experts. They think anything can be infected because everything they use has been infected.

    There are no self replicating viruses for Mac OS X. There are 2 or 3 Trojans in the wild on dodgy sites that disguise themselves as cheap Mac software or free Porn viewers. If you download them and agree to instal them, you will be infected. Stop watching porn and stealing Mac software!

    Phishing schemes sent out by Nigerian Princes, among others, will bite you on the ass if you fall for them. Stop being so stupid.

    Other than that, you’re good to go. No need for Anti-Virus software if there’s no virus in the wild to look for.

  6. @BiteanAAPL,

    What your Windon’ts buddies tell you is called the “security through obscurity” myth. It has been disproved many times, but like most urban legends, it never seems to go away.

    Many security people will tell you there is some truth to it (i.e., it contributes some, but not all, of the conditions that result in zero malware for Mac OS X in the wild). Ergo, there are periodic security updates. I think that quite a few Mac users do things who use unsafe practices (i.e., the account they regularly use is the admin account they used to set up the machine when it was brand new, instead of a standard account, and/or have an easy or no password). If/when a nasty Mac OS X malware appears in the wild, those are the users who will likely get harmed. But by and large, the BSD roots of Mac OS make it more resilient to malware. Of course, my Windows “friends” tell me that Windows 7 has much better security than its predecessors. Only time will tell.

  7. @BiteanAAPL – Your Windows friends live in the digital version of North Philly. They don’t understand anything other than gangs, shootings, crime, etc.

    Therefore, when they come to visit you in your nice, suburban neighborhood (Mac), they still dive down behind a car when someone drives by, because they think it’s a drive-by.

    Got it? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

  8. @BiteanAAPL –

    OS X is a version of UNIX, which was designed to be networked, unlike Windows, which was designed to be stand-alone. Windows has massive holes and spaghetti code where all sorts of code can run without the user knowing.

    In UNIX, nothing can run unless it’s been approved to run by an administrator. Also, every piece of software resides in a library, and there are a limited number of them. If you’re using a Mac right now, go in and look. There’s really not much room to hide. Plus, if the virus is not running on the Admin account, very little damage can be done. The computer can’t be taken over, for example.

    Additionally, Macs are virtually invisible on the internet right out of the box. Even without a firewall on, you are essentially in “stealth mode,” so Macs are safer from crap that’s out there being passed around.

    Because Macs are hard to crack, and Windows is easy, the goons target Windows. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t tried.

    And tell your illogical friends, “So? It doesn’t matter what the reason is, Macs are safer. Period.”

  9. @Christian

    And Unix has more then twice the code as Windows to hack as Charlie Millers says it is easy to hack. Code rich. Plus, you say they cant do much damage, they can take out, have full access, and wipe all of YOUR “standard account” data with all YOUR stuff on it and leave or have no access to the main admin account that has nothing in it. Macs are not had to crack, they are just as easy. You just need to find someone to put effort into it to do it Ask any pen tester.

  10. @Ted

    Just saw this a little late. I’ll save it for later, but I’m interested in seeing some sources to back you up. If it’s as easy as you say, then why, exactly, aren’t people doing it all of the time? Ever hear of the “Hack-my-Mac” challenge? Read about it here:

    Each time Charlie Miller has hacked a Mac, he’s had his hands on it and directed the browser to a site he created, downloaded a trojan, and given it permission to run. I’m not an expert, but I’m pretty sure that’s NOT the same as spreading a virus the way they get spread in the Windows world.

    Facts is facts. There are zero (0) viruses for the Mac after nearly ten years and a rapidly growing user base.

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