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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

The head of a Mac-centric software studio is coming clean today after a malware infection on his OS X machine last week resulted in the loss of source code for several products. Steven Frank, founder of Portland, Oregon-based Panic Inc, said he fell victim to a poisoned download of the Handbrake video transcoder that resulted …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2017
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It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

Apple has distributed a fresh round of security updates to address remote-code execution holes in iOS, macOS, Safari, and the firmware for Apple Watch and AppleTV. Miscreants who exploit these flaws can take over the vulnerable device – all a victim has to do is open a JPEG or PDF file booby-trapped with malicious code, so get …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2016
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Nasuni revs its cloud

Version 7.5 of Nasuni’s File Services extends and improves app support, edge appliance migration, monitoring facilities, and adds side-loading. Individual storage volumes within UniFS have been qualified up to one billion files, with no tech’ restriction on expanding further and no volume creation number limit. The management …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016

Google to block web views from using its OAuth

Google's decided that web-views should no longer be able to use OAuth requests, and is deprecating them in Android, iOS, Windows and OS X as of October. What that means is that while (for example) Android's embedded browser will be able to handle OAuth requests, third party app logins won't be able to use web-views for OAuth …
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Wavering about Apple's latest security fix? Don't, says Talos

Here's another reason to press “install” on Apple's latest OS X and iOS security patches: a slew of image-handling vulnerabilities. Now that Apple's released the patched versions, Cisco's Talos researchers have gone public with the details of their contribution to the fixes. The most serious of the bugs is in TIFF image …
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Apple kills eavesdrop bug in FaceTime

Apple has released a bundle of patches to fix security holes in OS X, iOS, iTunes and Safari. The bevy of updates also includes fixes for a number of issues in Apple's iCloud and iTunes for Windows software. Among the most startling vulnerabilities addressed in the updates is a man-in-the-middle flaw discovered in FaceTime by …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

Apple WWDC Apple has rolled out its plans for updating all four of its major operating systems. The 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco saw Apple showcase updates for iOS, OS X (now macOS), watchOS and tvOS. All four of the updates are being made available to developers today, with general release builds due to …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2016
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Crack'n'hack stack Phrack's back, Jack!

More than four years since its previous issue, iconic hacker zine Phrack has published a new issue. Phrack issue number 69 contains articles from researchers Aaron Portnoy and Alisa Esage, as well as articles on OS X rootkits and exploiting Ruby on Rails. Other topics include the history of hacker groups, Adobe Flash Player …
Shaun Nichols, 6 May 2016
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Shares down?! But, but, but ... Apple just made $50bn – that's the way the Cookie grumbles

Apple has confirmed analysts' fears of a drab quarter, reporting its first year-over-year sales decline in more than a decade. Its share price is down 8.2 per cent to $95.76 in after-hours trading – dipping below the magic hundred-buck mark. The Mac maker said that in the three months to March 31 – the second quarter of its …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2016
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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

Apple at 40 Today marks the 40th anniversary of Apple's official establishment. Since 1976, the House that Steves Built has pushed out some of the most beloved personal electronics products in the world. There will no doubt be plenty of articles waxing poetic on the many successes that have dotted the last four decades for the Cupertino …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Apr 2016

Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet

Code dive Apple's much-hyped rootless security mechanism in OS X can be evaded even in the latest version of the operating system, according to a top researcher. The Cupertino goliath fixed an exploitable bug in its rootless code in the latest round of patches for Macs and iThings. But that's the not the end of the story, we're told. …
Chris Williams, 30 Mar 2016
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This chap's maintained an Apple game for 32 years – from Mac to iOS

In an era where new games are sometimes considered "dated" 12 months after their debut, one man has spent 32 years keeping a single title active. Michael Casteel has been building and maintaining his version of Klondike longer than many of his fellow App Store developers have been alive. The Mac version of the card game traces …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Mar 2016
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Apple Macs, iPhones, iPads, Watches, TVs can be hijacked by evil Wi-Fi, PDFs – update now

Updated Apple has today emitted security updates for pretty much everything it makes, and you should install them as soon as you can because it's all bad news. iPhones, iPads and iPods should grab iOS 9.3, Macs should fetch OS X 10.11.4 or Security Update 2016-002 for non-El Capitan Macs, Apple Watches should get watchOS 2.2, and …
Chris Williams, 21 Mar 2016

Flash – aaah-aarrgh! Patch now as hackers exploit fresh holes

Adobe has urged users to patch their Windows, OS X and Linux editions of Flash Player to address 23 security vulnerabilities, including one that is actively being targeted in the wild. The March update includes a number of fixes for vulnerabilities that could, if exploited, allow an attacker to remotely execute code on a …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Mar 2016
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Docker for OS X devs: 'Easier' containers spun up for Apple Macs

A web developer turned real-time software maker has produced code to simplify Docker for OS X devs. &yet has released code for DLite, software that lets you virtualize without sweating the environment variables and setup. The idea is that DLite is simpler to use than boot2docker and docker-machine for Mac. DLite is the work …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jan 2016

Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper still useless: Security bloke reveals lingering holes

Apple has flubbed attempts to patch flaws in OS X's anti-malware system Gatekeeper, leaving the defenses still easy to bypass. Patrick Wardle, a former NSA staffer who now heads up research at crowdsourced security intelligence firm Synack, found a way to circumvent Gatekeeper last year. Gatekeeper is supposed to block dodgy …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2016
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Think you're all done patching? Not if you have any Apple gear

Apple has joined the likes of Microsoft and Adobe in releasing patches for dozens of security holes in its products. The Cupertino design studio has posted updates for nearly all of its product lines, fixing security holes in iOS, OS X, watchOS, tvOS, Safari, and Xcode. For OS X users, the update is packaged as El Capitan 10. …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Dec 2015

Kill Flash Now: 78 bugs patched in latest update

Adobe has released another update to address dozens of flaws in its Flash Player browser plug-in. The December update fixes 78 CVE-classified security vulnerabilities in Flash Player for OS X, Windows, Linux, and Android. The patch includes 75 separate vulnerabilities that could be exploited by an attacker to remotely execute …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Dec 2015

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