Browsing Tag: apple

High-Profile Twitter Hack Spreads Mac, Windows Trojan

Categories: Malware, Web Security

From IDG News Service (Robert McMillan)
Former Apple Macintosh evangelist Guy Kawasaki posts Twitter messages about a lot of different thing, but the message he put up Tuesday was really out of character: “Leighton Meester sex tape video free download!”
His message included a link that, after some further clicking, landed Kawasaki’s followers on a fake porn site where online criminals try to install a nasty Trojan horse program on victim’s computers. And in an interesting twist, the program attacks both Mac and Windows users.  Read the full story [computerworld.com]

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Apple Patches Old Java for Mac Vulnerabilities

Categories: Vulnerabilities

Apple has finally released a Java for Mac update to fix multiple security flaws that were patched upstream more than six months ago.
The fix comes three weeks after developers released proof-of-concept code to demonstrate the severity of the flaw and to nudge embarrass Apple into shipping the patch. Read the full story [zdnet.com]

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Five ways Apple can improve Mac and iPhone security

From TidBITS (Rich Mogull)
With the impending release of the next versions of both Mac OS X and the iPhone operating system, it seems a good time to evaluate how Apple could improve their security program. Rather than focusing on narrow issues of specific vulnerabilities or incidents, or offering mere criticism, I humbly present a few suggestions on how Apple can become a leader in consumer computing security over the long haul.  Read the full story [tidbits.com]

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Apple plugs 10 QuickTime code execution holes

Categories: Vulnerabilities

Apple today released QuickTime 7.6.2 with fixes for a variety of security vulnerabilities, some of which could lead to arbitrary code execution attacks.
The update, available for Mac OS X, Windows XP and Windows Vista, covers a total of 10 documented vulnerabilities that could be exploited via booby-trapped movie, video, image and audio files. Read the full story [zdnet.com]

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Serious Mac OS X Java vulnerability disclosed

Categories: Vulnerabilities

There is an easily exploitable vulnerability in the Java implementation in Apple’s Mac OS X which could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code on a remote machine. The flaw, which is similar to a vulnerability that has been public for five months and affect other vendors’ products, affects even the most recent version of OS X, which was released last week.

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Apple Patch Day: 67 Mac OS X, Safari vulnerabilities

Categories: Vulnerabilities

On the same day Microsoft shipped a bundle of patches for gaping holes in its PowerPoint software, Apple followed suit, dropping a monster Mac OS X update to correct 67 security vulnerabilities.
The sudden Apple Patch Day also included a patch to cover a trio of flaws in the Safari Web browser (Mac OS X and Windows). Read the full story [zdnet.com]

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Prediction: Apple will recommend security software

Categories: Compliance

From CNet (Jon Oltsik)
As an analyst, it is my job to follow the industry, internalize trends, and then use this information to make predictions. OK, here goes: Within the next 18 months, Apple will begin recommending that Macintosh users install Internet security software on all systems.
Now I realize that this statement is blasphemy to dedicated Mac users, so let me start with a few qualifying statements. I am not comparing Mac OS with Windows, or Apple with Microsoft, and my prediction should not be interpreted as an attack on Apple, its developers, or the security of its code. Read the full story [cnet.com]

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