Apple has announced that it will fix security flaws identified in version 10.2.8 and below of Mac OS X.

Following the identification of security risks in Jaguar, Apple advised that the issues had been fixed in OS X 10.3 Panther, leading some in the security community to fear that Apple would only make the patches available as part of the £99 Panther upgrade.

However Apple issued the following statement on Friday:

"Apple's policy is to quickly address significant vulnerabilities in past releases of Mac OS X wherever feasible, and the shipment of Panther does not change this policy.

“Apple has an excellent track record of working with CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) and the open source community to proactively identify and correct potential vulnerabilities."