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Fix released for AirPort

Apple has released an update to address security problems in its AirPort Extreme base station.

Apple has released an update to address security problems in its AirPort Extreme base station.

The update, available for download from the firm's web site, changes the default configuration of the 802.11n version of the base station; limiting incoming IPv6 (internet protocol version six) connections to the local network, making it harder for remote attackers to penetrate.

Ipv6 is the next version of internet protocol, gradually replacing the current Ipv4 in use.

The upgrade also fixes another security flaw, relating to the Airport Disk feature in the base station. This allows network users to share storage space on a USB device connected to the base station; Airport Disk has a password protection system but it does not protect file names.

"An issue in the AirPort Disk feature allows users on the local network to view file names - but not their contents - on a password-protected disk without providing a password," Apple said.