Apple continues to attract criticism for the manner of its reaction to recent security weaknesses identified in Mac OS X.

Today's Techworld castigates the company, saying: "Apple has failed to keep it up-to-date with security patches, despite claims to the contrary and a variety of pompous pronouncements."

It appears yesterday's Mac OS X 10.3.4 update does not include security patches released by the company last week, at least according to some Web sites.

The story also points out Apple's failure to patch an additional security weakness identified last week.

Industry-watchers speculate that Apple's reaction to the flaws is that of a company which has never encountered such a level of activity before. There are very few viruses free in the wild for the Mac.