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Archived - About the security content of the Mac OS X 10.4.6 Update

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This document describes the security content of the Mac OS X 10.4.6 Update, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.

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Mac OS X v10.4.6 Update

  • Firmware

    CVE-ID: CVE-2006-0401

    Available for: Mac OS X 10.4.5

    Impact: Firmware password can be bypassed on Intel-based Macintosh computers

    Description: Intel-based Macintosh computers support the firmware password feature. Prior to this update, a person with physical access to the computer could bypass the firmware password and access Single User Mode. This update addresses the issue by enhancing the security provided by the firmware password. Credit to David Pugh of the University of Michigan for reporting this issue.

Last Modified: Feb 20, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 20, 2012
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