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OS X Yosemite v10.10.5 Brings Stability, Compatibility, and Security Fixes

In addition to rolling out an update dubbed iOS 8.4.1 to its mobile operating system, Apple also released the OS X Yosemite v10.10.5 update for its desktop operating system. The new update brings with it a number of bug fixes and other improvements, and more importantly a set of security fixes to patch several vulnerabilities including the infamous DYLD glitch.

The OS X 10.10.5 update offers squashing of bugs in the Mail, Photos, and QuickTime Player applications. These are essentially the same improvements that the company had released to developers and public beta testers a few days ago. It can be downloaded from the App Store application on your Mac, under the Updates tab. We recommend backing up your computer via Time Machine or other backup software before installing the update.

Apple has also detailed the security content of OS X 10.10.5 and its accompanying Security Update 2015-006 available for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, OS X Yosemite v10.10 – v10.10.4. Chief among the new additions is a fix that patches the notable DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE vulnerability which was reported by security firms and researchers on August 3. The zero-day vulnerability, which affected OS X 10.10 Yosemite computers, allowed an attacker to gain root access to the system.

OS X v10.10.5 includes updates for its Safari Web browser. The update brings with it several security fixes that among other things fixes the user interface spoofing while visiting a malicious website. The update is available for Safari 8.0.8, Safari 7.1.8, and Safari 6.2.8 versions. You can download it by visiting the App Store.

Apple has also updated iTunes, bumping its version number to 12.2.2 to add improvements to the widely noted glitches in Apple Music. Below you can read the detailed changelog to see all the new additions in these updates. You can download the latest version of iTunes from Apple’s iTunes page or from the App Store on your computer.

OS X Yosemite 10.10.5The OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users. This update:

  • Improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail
  • Fixes an issue in Photos that prevented importing videos from GoPro cameras
  • Fixes an issue in QuickTime Player that prevented playback of Windows Media files

iTunes 12.2.2

  • Click on the Beats 1 banner to see what’s currently on, or view a complete broadcast schedule so you never miss a show.
  • You can now view a list of the artists you’re following on Apple Music.
  • Resolved an issue where iTunes loses its place when you go back to a previous page in Apple Music.
  • Addressed a problem where artists may be sorted incorrectly in My Music.
  • Fixed a problem where playlists deployed in the action menu may not match the playlists in your library.
  • Artists can now show thoughts, photos, music and videos to Connect, right from iTunes.
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