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Apple has shipped a new point release of Mountain Lion that brings its flagship operating system up to version 10.8.3. The update includes a number of security and bug fixes and a handful of new features too, such as the ability to redeem iTunes gift cards using your Mac’s built-in camera, as well as Boot Camp support for dual-booting Windows 8 and Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3 TB hard drive.
Among the security fixes listed by Apple are several citing a risk of arbitrary code execution, including a particularly interesting one that could allow a Java Web Start application to be launched upon visiting a maliciously crafted webpage, even if the Java browser plug-in is disabled.
The release also fixes a strange issue discovered last month that crashed pretty much any OS X application when the text “File:///“ (which denotes a local URL) was entered into a document or text box. Although normally this wouldn’t be much of an issue, it could certainly be exploited by pranksters sending the string over iMessage on iOS for example, crashing their contact’s Messages app.
Apparently it was a flaw in Apple's background data recognition software, which aims to auto-highlight text such as URLs displayed by applications like word processors, text editors, browsers and email clients.
Mac OS X 10.8.3 also includes the latest version of Safari (6.0.3), and for owners of a retina MacBook Pro laptop, Macobserver.com claims that the update will squeeze 20 minutes more out of their Mac's battery.
A complete list of improvements can be found below:
Mac OS X 10.8.3
This update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including:
Safari 6.0.3 is included in the OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3 Update and contains fixes that improve performance, stability, and security, including:
For detailed information about the security content of this update, see Apple security updates.
The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is equipped with a third generation Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 8GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, 256GB of flash storage, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and a built-in FaceTime HD camera. It sports a SDXC card reader, HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, MagSafe 2 power connector and a dual Thunderbolt ports.
The MacBook Air sports a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor that Turbo Boosts up to 2.8GHz, 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM, 128GB of flash storage and integrated Intel graphics. It is still extremely thin and lightweight at only 0.68-inches at the thickest part and 2.96 pounds. The MacBook Air carries a 13.3-inch diagonal LED backlit display, operating at 1440 x 900 with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
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