An attacker could exploit the flaw over a wireless network by sending malicious data to a vulnerable Mac, Apple said. "An attacker in local proximity may be able to trigger a system crash by sending a maliciously crafted frame to an affected system," it said in the alert.
The issue affects the Intel Core Duo-based versions of Mac mini, MacBook and MacBook Pro computers equipped with wireless, Apple said. Other systems, including the Core 2 Duo versions of the same machines are not affected, it said.
Apple fixed the issue by adding more validation of wireless frames, the Cupertino, Calif., company said. The AirPort Extreme Update 2007-001 can be obtained from the Software Update feature in Mac OS X or Apple's Software Downloads Web site.
Vulnerabilities in the Mac OS X have been rising, leading some experts to note that the. The vast majority of security vulnerabilities, however, affect computers running Microsoft Windows. Also, attacks on Macs have largely been theoretical so far.