Apple releases OS X 10.10.5 with DYLD vulnerability fix and more

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Over the last several weeks, Apple has been issuing betas for OS X 10.10.5, which is believed to be the last release for OS X Yosemite.

The first beta for OS X 10.10.5 was released in mid-July, with the third beta seeing the light of day on August 5. Now, though, the public release is here, and it’s available to download through the Mac App Store right now.

While the update is meant to be a minor one, it does come with a major patch included. With this release of OS X 10.10.5, a security patch for the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit has been included. That specific exploit could allow malicious individuals to install malware on a machine that could gain root access on a Mac. It wasn’t too long ago that this exploit was found in the wild, so for users running OS X Yosemite, this update is certainly necessary.

This update:

  • Improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail
  • Fixes an issue in Photos that prevents importing videos from GoPro cameras
  • Fixes an issue in QuickTime Player that prevented playback of Windows Media files.
  • Apple on Thursday also released an update for iOS, with the public launch of iOS 8.4.1. That release is meant almost entirely for Apple Music, with the only details for fixes aimed at Apple’s new music streaming service.