Apple patches 56 bugs in Mac OS X

Part of 2011's first broad update

Cyber hijackers will have a difficult time hacking into Apple machines after the company patched 56 vulnerabilities this week as part of its 2011 Mac OS X update, writes Gregg Keizer of ComputerWorld.

Most of the bugs had the “arbitrary code execution” phrase attached to them and were dubbed “critical” by Apple, which unlike its competitors, doesn’t assign severity rankings to flaws.

One of the fixes was for a bug found by researcher and four-time Pwn2Own hacking contest winner Charlie Miller, who drew a late spot this in the competition year and was unable to exploit the vulnerability.

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