Apple on Thursday released a large batch of security fixes for its OS X operating system, one of which patches a flaw that allowed Java Web Start applications to run even when users had Java disabled in the browser. OS X 10.8.3 fixes 21 total vulnerabilities, and also includes a new version of the malware removal tool for Apple machines.
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It’s getting hard to keep track of all the bugs piling up for Apple’s iPhone. Now it seems a glitch in the iOS kernel of Apple’s much maligned iOS 6.1 is responsible for yet another passcode bypass vulnerability, the second to surface this month. Attackers can apparently access users’ photos, contacts and more by following a series of steps on an iPhone running iOS 6.1.
UPDATE – With enough work, users can bypass the lockscreen on Apple’s ubiquitous iPhone by exploiting a flaw on its most recent operating system iOS 6.1. By simply making an emergency call and holding down the power button on an iPhone twice, users can gain access to the device’s phone feature, view and edit contacts, check voicemail and look through photos, according to reports today.
Apple has fixed dozens of security vulnerabilities in iOS with the release of version 6.1, including a serious flaw in the kernel and a number of bugs in the WebKit framework. The company also revoked trust in the bad TurkTrust certificates that were discovered late last year.
Apple has made updates to its malware definitions to address yesterday’s news of a new OS X Trojan, SMSSend.3666, that was disguising itself as legitimate software and confounding Russian users.
In yet another blow to the tenuous false sense of security among Apple users, the Russian antivirus firm Dr. Web has uncovered what it claims is a first-of-its-kind fake installer Trojan targeting Mac machines and extorting their users with SMS fraud.
A new variant of the Mac-based OS X Imuler Trojan has emerged and is targeting Tibetan rights activists, according to a report written by Lisa Myers of Web security firm Intego.
Apple has fixed nine vulnerabilities in its QuickTime media player software, all of which can be used to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable machines. Several of the flaws are buffer overflows, and users who still run QuickTime should update it as soon as possible.
There are thousands of apps in the Google Play mobile market that contain serious mistakes in the way that SSL/TLS is implemented, leaving them vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks that could compromise sensitive user data such as banking credentials, credit card numbers and other information. Researchers from a pair of German universities conducted a detailed analysis of thousands of Android apps and found that better than 15 percent of those apps had weak or bad SSL implementations.
Apple has released a patch that fixes a laundry list of vulnerabilities in Java after Oracle pushed out a fix for the technology for users of Windows and other platforms. The patch from Apple also completely disables the Java plugin in users’ browsers in order to prevent users from falling victim to new attacks on the oft-vulnerable application.