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Software Updates

An important part of maintaining a functioning and secure Mac OS X system is staying on top of the operating system updates. With a BSD core, Mac OS X requires more frequent attention than its predecessor, Mac OS 9.1. Critical security utilities such as SSH are revised on a regular basis and, unless updated, might open your system to outside attack. Within the first four months of Mac OS X's life, it has already seen four important updates.

Mac OS X automates the process of upgrading software through the use of the Software Update System Preference panel (path: /Applications/System Preferences), seen in Figure 32.1.


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