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Skype 5.1.60.947

by Adam C. Engst

Skype has released Skype 5.1.60.947 [1] to block a critical vulnerability related to receiving a malicious file via an instant message. Also resolved [2] are problems with video freezing in networks with high packet loss, and unspecified minor bugs. Unfortunately, the horrid design of Skype 5 remains in place, but, luckily, the still-functional Skype 2.8 does not suffer from Skype 5’s security vulnerability. So, you can either upgrade to Skype 5.1.60.947 or stick with (or downgrade to) Skype 2.8. I recommend downloading manually; the automatic updater failed when I chose Skype > Check for Updates. (Free, 20.2 MB)

[1]: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/macosx/
[2]: http://blogs.skype.com/garage/2011/05/2nd_hotfix_for_skype_51_for_ma_release_notes.html