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[13 May 2015 | 4 Comments | 1 views]

Everybody has bad days — hair, coffee, software, you name it. Companies have bad days, too. Microsoft’s buggy Office 14.5.0 Security Update, which can render Outlook unusable, is exemplary of the shared nature of bad days.
First things first, however. You …

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[8 May 2015 | 3 Comments | 0 views]

Mac market share has hit historic highs around the world — Mac sales are up, up, up! Naturally, this has attracted the unwanted attention of criminal hackers — you really should be running a Mac antivirus app to help protect …

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[7 May 2015 | No Comment | 1 views]

If your Mac is running OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and/or Mountain Lion, then you need to download Apple’s latest Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6 and/or Safari 6.2.6 Update, respectively. Why? Because Mac security is serious business.
Here’s a look at the Safari …

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[18 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 702 views]

Safari 8.0.4 is here and, in addition to the usual bunch of stability improvements and bug fixes, there are security patches. There is also Safari 7.1.4 (Mavericks) and Safari 6.2.4 (Mountain Lion), which deliver the same stuffs.
Security Content: Safari 8.0.4, …

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[26 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 557 views]

ClamXav 2.7.1 shipped last week and was quickly superseded by v2.7.2. Now, Mark Allen et al are back with ClamXav 2.7.3, which ties up a number of loss ends and issues. So, if you’re the “set it and forget it” …

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[26 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 847 views]

Blah, blah, blah… Adobe Flash Player security is a black hole of malware malaise and hacker attack vectors… blah, blah, blah. Last week’s well publicized Flash Player 16.0.0.287 has already been superseded by Flash Player 16.0.0.296, which (as of this …

Mac, Security »

[26 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 911 views]

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Google Project Zero is all about identifying, reporting and then publicizing zero day exploits. Their most recent target is Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, though the vulnerabilities and exploits posted aren’t …

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[22 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 875 views]

Yesterday, we noticed that the Mac App Store version of ClamXav hadn’t been updated since July of last year. Obviously, that didn’t seem right, so we posted a question on the ClamXav support forums, asking for clarification.
And, happily, we got …

Mac, Security, Software »

[21 Jan 2015 | 3 Comments | 1,306 views]

A workaday update for ClamXav, including an updated engine, scheduler fix and fixes for a number of Sentry-specific issues. However, the Mac App Store version of ClamXav hasn’t been updated since July 2014.
• ClamXav 2.7.1 (download)
— Updates engine to …

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[23 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 1,161 views]

Surely, this is just a coincidence? Perhaps, but never call me Shirley. On the heels of yesterday’s first-ever silent Mac security update from Apple comes ClamXav 2.7. This significant point update includes the latest ClamAV engine, as well as a …

Mac, Security »

[23 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 1,054 views]

Mac security, we used to take you for granted! Last Friday, December 19, the US government issued an alert about a security problem uncovered in a Carnegie Mellon University bulletin. And, well, here is the result — Apple has delivered …

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[5 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,165 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 | 422 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 | 973 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 …

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[15 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 927 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, …