Retro MacOS in memory of Steve Jobs


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Along with many other blogs this one has a new look – the Retro MacOS look, in tribute to Steve Jobs. Its fitting that someone who did so much to change the face (literally, in a sense) of personal computing and the web (lets not forget the influence of the Safari browser) should be honoured by having a theme created in memory of his life and work.

Retro MacOS was originally created by Stuart Brown, and converted by the team at WP so folk like me could use on their blogs. Its available in the WP Theme Directory from within your dashboard. Personally, I think it looks rather cool and is a fitting tribute to the man. What do you think? Please feel free to leave your comments.

As to how long it will remain up, I’m not sure; at least for a while anyway.

OS X 10.7.2, Build 11C55 released to developers


iCloud iconApple has released the latest build of Lion to developers:

OS X Lion Software Update 10.7.2 is an update to OS X Lion 10.7 and includes support for iCloud beta. Please refer to the seed note for more details and installation instructions.

This comes just 9 days after the previous build, and Apple is asking developers to focus their testing on Address Book, Graphics Drivers, iCal, iChat, iCloud, Mac App Store, Mail, MobileMe, Safari, Spotlight, and Time Machine. With recent builds of iOS 5 and iTunes, its an indication of how much effort Apple is making in getting iCloud ready for deployment.

Safari Gets Security Update, along with iOS and Mac


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Apple has released an update for Safari on both the Mac and Windows platforms. At the same time it has released updates for iOS and the Mac. These are security updates to close an exploit recently demonstrated at the PWN2OWN security challenge. It was Charlie Miller, a security researcher, who  successfully exploited iOS earlier this year by successfully hacking into an iPhone. Apple’s iOS also uses the WebKit rendering engine, which was exploited by VUPEN security in their 5 second attack on Mac OS X.

Here is what Apple says about the Safari update:

Products Affected

Safari 5 (Windows), Safari 5 (Mac OS X 10.6), Safari 5 (Mac OS X 10.5), Product Security

Safari 5.0.5

  • WebKitAvailable for: Mac OS X v10.5.8, Mac OS X Server v10.5.8, Mac OS X v10.6.5 or later, Mac OS X Server v10.6.5 or later, Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later

    Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

    Description: An integer overflow issue existed in the handling of nodesets. Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

    CVE-ID

    CVE-2011-1290 : Vincenzo Iozzo, Willem Pinckaers, and Ralf-Philipp Weinmann working with TippingPoint‘s Zero Day Initiative

  • WebKitAvailable for: Mac OS X v10.5.8, Mac OS X Server v10.5.8, Mac OS X v10.6.5 or later, Mac OS X Server v10.6.5 or later, Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later

    Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

    Description: A use after free issue existed in the handling of text nodes. Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

    CVE-ID

    CVE-2011-1344 : Vupen Security working with TippingPoint’s Zero Day Initiative, and Martin Barbella

Note:

Certificates Trust Policy

Several fraudulent SSL certificates were issued by a Comodo affiliate registration authority. This may allow a man-in-the-middle attacker to redirect connections and intercept user credentials or other sensitive information. Safari relies on the certificate store of the host operating system to determine if an SSL server certificate is trustworthy. For Mac OS X systems, this issue is addressed with Security Update 2011-002. For iOS, this issue is addressed with iOS 4.3.2 and iOS 4.2.7. For Windows systems, applying the update described in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2524375 will cause Safari to regard these certificates as untrusted. The article is available athttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/2524375

Here is what it has to say about the Security Update for Mac:

This document describes Security Update 2011-002, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Updatepreferences, or from Apple Downloads.

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available. To learn more about Apple Product Security, see the Apple Product Security website.

For information about the Apple Product Security PGP Key, see “How to use the Apple Product Security PGP Key.”

Where possible, CVE IDs are used to reference the vulnerabilities for further information.

To learn about other Security Updates, see “Apple Security Updates“.

Products Affected

Mac OS X 10.6, Product Security

Security Update 2011-002

  • Certificate Trust PolicyAvailable for: Mac OS X v10.5.8, Mac OS X Server v10.5.8, Mac OS X v10.6.7, Mac OS X Server v10.6.7

    Impact: An attacker with a privileged network position may intercept user credentials or other sensitive information

    Description: Several fraudulent SSL certificates were issued by a Comodo affiliate registration authority. This may allow a man-in-the-middle attacker to redirect connections and intercept user credentials or other sensitive information. This issue is addressed by blacklisting the fraudulent certificates.

    Note: For iOS, this issue is addressed with iOS 4.3.2 and iOS 4.2.7. For Windows systems, Safari relies on the certificate store of the host operating system to determine if an SSL server certificate is trustworthy. Applying the update described in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2524375 will cause Safari to regard these certificates as untrusted. The article is available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2524375

    For mre info on all the recent updates visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Safari Extensions – Tumblr site


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If you use Safari on a Mac then you may want to install some of the extensions that are now available since Apple added the feature to its popular browser platform.

You can, of course, find many on Apple’s site at http://extensions.apple.com/ but they don’t have a complete list as Apple likes to check them out for itself before it includes them.

Another source that is more complete is http://safariextensions.tumblr.com/ so why not head over there right now and check it out. You will find the latest extensions including previewForBlogger (from Prime Design Works), which allows you to immediately preview your blog post to Google’s Blogger (Blogspot). After installing it, when you access the pages “New Post” or “Edit Post”, the preview box is displayed below the text box.

You could just download the extension form the Prime Design Work site but of course you’d have to know it was there in the first place. Its much better to go to one site that lists all the extensions and then click on the links there. That way you don’t have to do numerous searches in Google.

So, well done to Safari Extensions for providing a very useful service to Safari enthusiasts.

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MacUser report SX/Jahlav-D infectin hiding in hacked Quicktime update


First for mac news, reviews and know-how
MacUser is reporting that a fake Quicktime installer has been identified. The installer package contains the . Previous versions of the trojan have been distributed in hacked copies of iWork and Photoshop, or have masqueraded as updates to Adobe’s Flash player and as plugins said to be necessary to watch web videos.

The potential infection serves again as a reminder not to install software unless it is comes from the developers’ own website, or in Apple’s case via Software Update, or from a trusted third-party site such as MacUpdate or Version Tracker.

Currently, installing hacked software is the only way to allow an infection onto a Mac. There is no self-propagating malware that kind find its way onto a system without the user’s help.

Original article by Simon Aughton. Visit the MacUser site here: http://www.macuser.co.uk/news/266320/mac-infection-masquerades-as-quicktime-update.html

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The rabbit is out of the hat!


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Well, we knew it was coming and finally, its here! The 3G iPhone is probably the one thing everybody was expecting to be revealed at Apple’s WWDC today.

Was it worth the wait and has it fulfilled all the hype? Well, the definitive answer I suppose will be out in July, when it gets into the hands of the average punter. No doubt some folk will get their hands on one prior to its general release. Unfortunately, yours truly is not one of those!

As for its features, well 3G has to be the most important. According to Apple, ‘3G technology gives the iPhone fast access to the Internet and email over cellular networks around the world. It also makes it possible to do more in more places: Surf the web, download email, get directions, and watch video — even while you’re on a call.’

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Next in the list comes App Store (remember 3G means, for most folk, email, GPS, enterprise features etc.).

According to Apple, ‘Tap into the App Store and you’ll find applications in every category, from games to business, education to entertainment, finance to health and fitness, productivity to social networking. These applications have been designed to take advantage of iPhone features such as Multi-Touch, the accelerometer, wireless, and GPS. And some are even free. You download them wirelessly and can start using them right away.’
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Working over the phone network or Wi-Fi, App Store will mean you’ll always have access to latest version of any applications you have downloaded or purchased. It even tells you when there are updates available… how cool is that!

For me those are the main highlights of the iPhone, apart from one other very important aspect. Its not a feature… its the price. Apple promises it will be ‘half the price’ though how that actually works out over here in the UK I have yet to ascertain. The exchange rate is different when buying technology than in the real world, so for example, if its $399 in the States its never £200 here! I guess I’ll have to visit the O2 site and find out.

So, for now, it looks great and I can’t wait to get my hands on one; how soon depends on how much it will be in the UK.