Apple's OS X 10.10.5 update patches DYLD security vulnerability

Apple has released an OS X system update for Yosemite users, bringing the version up to 10.10.5. While the update addresses a number of small bugs, its primary focus is fixing the recently discussed DYLD privilege escalation security exploit. The vulnerability has the potential to allow malware to get root access to a Mac, which is why concerns were raised last week that Apple may not be issuing a fix until the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Fortunately the company has followed through on its promise, releasing the patch right away.

While Mac users will want to download the update right away for the security enhancements, 10.10.5 also addresses bugs with the Photos and Mail apps. Photos will no longer prevent the importing of GoPro videos, Mail has been fixed to be compatible with more email servers, and QuickTime Player can once again support Windows Media file playback.

Users who aren't running OS X Yosemite can still the security patch, as Apple has also released Security Update 2015-006 for both Mavericks and Mountain Lion.

Separately, there is also an iTunes 12.2.2 update available, which brings several fixes to the new Apple Music service. Users can click on the Beats 1 banner within iTunes to see what program is currently playing, along with the upcoming schedule. It's also possible to see a list of artists that users are following on Apple Music, and artists can now share content like music, photos, and videos to their Connect page from within iTunes.