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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Updates and News

O.K. Late yesterday Apple released Security Update 2005-009.
Now let me say, as of this writing I have not installed it. The update fixes a few problems, some of the files affected where Apache2, apache_mod_ssl, CoreFoundation, curl, iodbcadmintool, OpenSSL, passwordserver, Safari, sudo and syslog.

So you ask, what the hell does all that mean?, and how does it help me?

Well it Helps with Safari dealing with problems it had with files downloading with long names, also problem with some websites.

According to Apple:
"Also included in this update are enhancements to Safari to improve handling of credit card security codes (Mac OS X v10.3.9 and Mac OS X v10.4.3), CoreTypes to improve handling of Terminal files (Mac OS X v10.4.3), QuickDraw Manager to improve rendering of PICT files (Mac OS X v10.3.9), documentation regarding OpenSSH and PAM (Mac OS X v10.4.3), and ServerMigration to remove unneeded privileges."
Now like I said, I have not installed this as of this writing only because of this article I saw on the MacFixIt site. I decided to write this blog first before dealing with any problems which may or may not arise. while it seems most of my friends are not having this "Kernel panic at next startup" problem.

Of coarse monday SANS Institute a computer-security training organization, released its Top-20 vulnerabilities on the 22nd of this month which for the first time points out an entire operating system for its vulnerabilities. sssssscrrrrreeeeeeeeeaaaaacccch! hold on, your pointing out the whole OS X operating system??

Rohit Dhamankar, security architect for TippingPoint, a subsidiary of networking firm 3Com, and the editor for the SANS Top-20 vulnerability list says
"We are not pointing at the entire Mac OS X and saying you have to worry about the entire operating system," he said. "It is just that the Mac OS X is not entirely free of troubles."
Well shit, you didn't mention a part of the OS, you named the whole damn OS. What, you can't type what you mean? or are you confused because somebody(s) is lining your pockets with lots of cash to scare future Mac users.

well “ There are some people that feel that, if they are running Mac OS X, then all is well. That is no longer true. ” says Dhamankar.

And why is that? well Nicholas Raba, CEO of Mac OS X security information and software site SecureMac.com says

"Mac OS X is currently more secure than Linux or Windows only for the fact that the shares of users is smaller thus the (number of) researchers discovering the flaws is smaller."
Oh really, what am I gonna hear next, smaller market share? well Brian Martin, content editor for the OSVDB says's just that:
"In 2005, they have about the same number of vulnerabilities in the operating system as Windows, but Microsoft has a much greater market share."

Sorry if I'm a hacker and want to make a name for myself, first on the list would be to cause havok for mac users with the first worm , virus, and spyware. Forget about making yet another one for the windows users and hope it makes the top ten and makes news.

Make the first one on a mac and you are news.
Of coarse the writer of the article of which I have taken these quotes writes for securityFocus which is owned by Symantec the makers of Norton Anti Virus. nuff said.


FireFox 1.5 Released
Well the full 1.5 version of fireFox is finally released, New features of version 1.5 include automated updates, faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance, drag and drop reordering for browser tabs, improvements to popup blocking, better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer, numerous security enhancements, new support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6, and plenty more.

Want a independent opinion on it? read Mac 360's article. So far it seems to load pages a lot faster then Safari, but then again I have not installed Apple latest sercurity update.


Rush 24/7!
It seems Starting december 12th you will be able to download Rush Limbaugh to your video capable iPod "with a daily one-minute video podcast of the next day's morning update." according to Rush's web page

"Every Morning Update is going to be a video file, it will be viewable on a video iPod and certain other portable video devices -- or you can watch it right from your computer. It will work just like any other QuickTime file works. So every afternoon when subscribers get the audio podcast of that day's program, they will also get an extra file which will be the video podcast of the next day's morning update. This is an exclusive feature, an exclusive new feature of Rush 24/7 for members (membership is $6.95 a month or $49.95 a year). It will be included as part of every subscription without any extra charge." Rush is broadcasted through Clear Channel Communications .

Other News
Macworld has started their 2005 Game hall of Fame. Among those on the list so far are

Best game for nongamers
Chessmaster 9000

Most-realistic combat
Close Combat: First to Fight

Best value for your buck
Cosmo Bots

Most likely to cause nightmares
Doom 3

Best use of a steering wheel
Jammin’ Racer


Jackwhispers has a article on "How To Avoid An Auction Scam Without Really Trying".
One of his tips being

If the seller doesn't offer one of the following, don't buy:

Credit Cards
Paypal
PayDirect (As of Jan 2005, Paydirect is no longer available)
COD

Do not use the following:

C2it
Stormpay
Swiftpay
Bidpay
Yowcow
iKobo
Money Order/Personal Check


YML Tonight
Tonight they will have Joe Kissesl, the author of two new Take Control eBooks - "Take Control of Apple Mail in Tiger" and " Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail". He'll be on Your Mac Life to talk about how you can better manage Mail.app.

Your Mac Life's Graphics Guru, Lesa Snider of GraphicReporter.com will be on to talk about her Graphics Tip of the Week brought to you by iStockPhoto.com and Peter Cohen of MacCentral.com and Macworld magazine will also be on to talk about all the latest Mac Gaming News.

You can watch the video or just listen to the audio stream. Also join in to the IRC Server at irc.netmug.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Comes on tonight and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET.

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