Security Update 2015-001 & Safari 7.1.3 Released for OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion
Apple has released important security updates for Mac users who are continuing to run OS X Mavericks (10.9.5) and OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5). The updates are versioned as “Security Update 2015-001” for both system software versions and are recommended for all Mac users running prior releases of OS X. Additionally, new versions of Safari are available versioned as Safari 7.1.3, which includes bug resolutions, stability improvements, and security fixes, the Safari updates are also available for both OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion.
These software updates arrive separately from OS X 10.10.2 update for Mac Yosemite users but do include some of the same security updates.
Mac users running OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion can find the software updates available now from the Mac App Store, you’ll want to install both of them but choose the order so that you only have to visit the update manager once:
- Go to the Apple menu and choose “Software Update”
- Click to install “Safari 7.1.3” first, then install “Security Update 2015-001 1.0”, the latter requires a reboot to complete the update
Despite being small updates, it’s always a good idea to back up a Mac before installing any software updates. Time Machine is the recommended approach due to it’s convenience.
These updates to Safari and OS X Security are available as unique packages from the larger OS X 10.10.2 update for Macs running Yosemite, which is also available to install. Thus, if you are continuing to keep a Mac on a prior release of OS X for whatever reason, you can gain the same security improvements without having to update a Mac to the wider OS X Yosemite software release. For how long Apple will continue to release support updates to prior OS X versions remains unclear, but Mavericks is likely to be supported for longer than Mountain Lion.
Additionally, iOS 8.1.3 is available for iPhone and iPad.