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Apple's Bash Security Updates for OS X Lion/Mountain Lion/Mavericks
("fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell" aka "Shellshock")

After applying "Bash 1.0 update" in OS X 10.9.5, "bash --version" shows 3.2.53(1).
CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169 list Bash versions through 4.3 as vulnerable. (IIRC latest GNU Bash release was 4.3.27 as of the weekend but that may have changed.)
Later found Apple's article on this update, which says CVE-2014-7169 and CVE-2014-6271 are incorporated. (I don't know the status of CVE-2014-6277, -6278, -7186, -7187 but the "foo" echo test mentioned in a PCW article on Bash-4.3 patch 27 doesn't show vulnerable after the apple update, although the response is 'syntax error' instead of "command not found" they list.)

FYI: The update does not require a reboot but some have reported they had problems (printing, mail, etc) after the update until they restarted the Mac.
  

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New/Updated Apple Support Articles: (Sept. 29th)

(Topic-based page of Tips, Troubleshooting & How-To Guides for Mac/OS X/iOS Users.)
  

Recent Tips/DIY Upgrades/Mods/Repairs:
  • Nvidia Drivers and CUDA Update for OS X 10.9.5
  • iTunes 11.4 Files to Remove before Reinstalling iTunes 11.3.1
  • Another 2009 Mac Pro NB (overheating) Heatsink Retainer Repair
  • Mac OS X Compatible 802.11ac Adapters (USB/PCIe/Mini-PCIe) Updated
  • 2009 Mac Pro 6-core 3.46GHz CPU Upgrade, Repair NB Heatsink Retainers
  • 2009 Mac Pro 12-core CPU Upgrade (Dual 2.93GHz X5670 Westmere CPUs)
  • 2009 Mac Pro Northbridge High Temperatures? Check Plastic Heatsink Retainers
  • Causes/Tips for HDCP Errors with iTunes HD Content

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    Previous News Archive Summary:
      Sept. 25th/26th, 2014 News
    • About the OS X Server v2.2.4 Update
    • How to Manage your iCloud storage
    • Get help creating an iCloud backup
    • Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ
    • AirPort Utility Software and Firmware Downloads
    • Apple USB SuperDrive/MacBook Air SuperDrive compatibility (w/tip)
    • How to add a computer, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iTunes Match
    • How to combine multiple audio interfaces by creating an aggregate device
    • Shellshock Vulnerability: Settings OS X Users Need to Avoid
    • Apple says most OS X users safe from Bash flaw, patch in works
    • Tip for solving iOS 8 Bluetooth problems in Your Car
    • Review of Retina MacBook Pro (13in, 2.8GHz, Mid 2014)
    • Racing game GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac released
    • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for Macs on steam
    • Symantec Summary about Bash vulnerability

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