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[5 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 499 views]

According to Emil Kvarnhammar with Swedish security firm Truesec, Rootpipe is a privilege escalation vulnerability. So, without user cooperation or without knowing the user’s password, an attacker can take over an unprotected Mac using Rootpipe.
“It all started when I was …

Mac, Security »

[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 157 views]

While all of the major browser vendors have patched the Poodle SSL 3 vulnerability, the said same major browser vendors all agree that SSL 3 should no longer be used. Apple is doing its part, telling its developer partners that …

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[18 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 378 views]

Poodle, would a rat dog, often really big ones, by any other name be less psychotic? The world’s Secure Socket Layer (SSL) problems* just won’t stay fixed and Mac security is affected. Apple has issued a Poodle patch for OS …

Mac, Security »

[15 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 265 views]

Golly gosh gee whiz, people, if you haven’t updated Flash Player 15, Office 11 and/or Java 7 in awhile, you really should get busy with the updates, because Mac security issues need some patch love and there’s plenty go ’round.
And, …

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[5 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 139 views]

iWorm, which isn’t a worm at all but a plain jane trojan, has been generating some rather absurd headlines and coverage. And, would you believe that only 17,000 or so actual Macs have been infected?
Sample iWorm Headlines
— Hackers Have Found …

Mac, Reviews, how to, Security »

[4 Oct 2014 | 3 Comments | 758 views]

First things first… iWorm is not a worm at all, but actually your plain old, garden variety Trojan. This is important because, whereas worms are self-replicating and can infect innocent bystanders, a Trojan requires that the victim voluntarily install the …

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[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 336 views]

Gonna bash update the Shellshock Mac security issue right out of my Mac. Although Apple announced last week that very, very few Macs (ie those running with server functions turned on) were susceptible to the Shellshock security flaw.
Regardless, as promised, …

Mac, Security »

[18 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 219 views]

Tick tock. When it comes to Mac security, time is always against us because the hackers are invariably a step ahead. Though Apple hasn’t yet posted the details, best install Security Update 2014-004 for OS X Lion and OS X …

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[18 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 276 views]

And, Safari 7.1. Although Apple is sure to release Mavericks security updates over the coming years, this is quite likely the last general update. That said, OS X 10.9.5 is about as unsexy an update as one could imagine.
Unless, of …

iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Security »

[26 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 294 views]

On Monday, California mandated that all smartphones ship with a killswitch installed and turned on by default. That’s very nice, but not as nice as Apple’s iPhone killswitch.
For example every iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 7, which as …

Mac, Security »

[14 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 181 views]

Have you visited any maliciously crafted websites lately and would you know if you had? Likely not. That said, Apple has browser security updates available for OS X 10.7.5 Lion, OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks.

Mac, Security »

[3 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 429 views]

The sky is not falling, but a little prudence could go a long way. There are still zero viruses that threaten the Mac, but with ClamXav installed you can protect yourself from future threats, as well as protect any Windows …

Mac, Security »

[1 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 403 views]

And, boom, Apple just goes ahead and releases it! OS X 10.9.4 is here and this Mavericks update, unlike the previous three, is all about bug fixes.
Mavericks users should click Software Update (Apple menu > Software Update) because the mothership …

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[30 May 2014 | One Comment | 546 views]

Java lives in a strange place between death and truly being alive. For example, this Java for OS X update from Apple disables the Java SE 6 applet plug-in and installs an old-ish (Java for OS X 2013-005) version of …

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[22 May 2014 | No Comment | 223 views]

As app updates go, this one just barely qualifies. That is, Apple shipped Safari 7.0.4 (9537.76.2) with OS X 10.9.3 last week and just delivered Safari 7.0.4 (9537.76.4). What’s new? Patches for a couple security issues.
Here’s an edited, for brevity, …