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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

Video Apple on Thursday released a security patch for macOS High Sierra 10.13 to address vulnerabilities in Apple File System (APFS) volumes and its Keychain software. Matheus Mariano, a developer with Brazil-based Leet Tech, documented the APFS flaw in a blog post a week ago, and it has since been reproduced by another programmer, …

macOS High Sierra more like 'Cry Sierra' for Mac-wielding beta testers

Apple's next version of the macOS, High Sierra, aka 10.13, is due for general release next week, and users running the beta have already noticed a pair of issues that could cloud the rollout. The Cupertino phone flinger says that the Apple File System (APFS), a technology unveiled last year for the Mac, is going to cause some …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2017
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It's 2017 – and your Mac, iPad, iPhone can all be pwned by an e-book

Apple has released security updates for both of its main operating systems, along with iTunes, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. All should be installed as soon as possible before they are exploited by miscreants. The updates, numbering seven in total, include fixes for security vulnerabilities in the Safari browser and WebKit engine …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2017
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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

The Internet Archive has hooked up an Apple Mac emulator to its collection of vintage software so you can breeze through your afternoons reliving the 1980s – all from the comfort of your browser. The tech preservation organization is hosting the emulator online along with 45 applications and games for the original MacOS, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2017
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Is your iOS app piling on weight? Blame Xcode 8.3: We shed light on Apple's bloat riddle

Apple's iOS 10.3 this week brought with it minor storage space gains, thanks to the debut of the iGiant's revised storage scheme, the Apple File System. But among app developers, such efficiency gains, a gigabyte or two of extra capacity, were undone by binary bloat brought on by Apple's development suite Xcode, specifically …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Mar 2017
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Microsoft slaps Apple Gatekeeper-like controls on Windows 10: Install only apps from store

A feature in the Windows Insider Preview Build 15042 allows administrators to block the installation of any Win32 application that is not fetched from Microsoft's software marketplace. This configurable barrier is a new option presented in the beta Windows build. Users – with admin account permissions – will be able to allow …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Feb 2017

Apple's macOS is the safer choice – but not for the reason you think

MWC Apple's Mac operating system may be the safer choice – but only because cybercriminals can't get their hands on people who know how to exploit it. That's according to security showman Eugene Kaspersky, who gave a keynote at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. In recent months, Kaspersky has made a habit of giving …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Feb 2017
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Apple weans itself off Intel with 'more ARM chips' for future Macs

Apple is believed to be developing another ARM-based processor that will challenge Intel hardware in its Mac line. The Cupertino maker of ClarisWorks is reportedly working on a chip to handle operations when a future Mac machine goes into low power mode and the main Intel processor goes to sleep. A Bloomberg report cites …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Feb 2017
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What links macOS, iOS, Safari, tvOS, watchOS? They all need patching

Apple has emitted a set of software security updates for all of its major operating systems. The patches address holes in iOS, macOS, Safari, iCloud for Windows, watchOS, and tvOS. For iPhone and iPad users, Apple has kicked out iOS 10.2.1, addressing a total of 18 CVE-listed vulnerabilities, including a bug that caused the …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2017
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MacBook Pro owners complain of short batt life – so Apple kills batt life clock in macOS

Apple once again finds itself drawing the ire of customers after its decision to remove part of the battery-monitoring tools on macOS. The latest version of the Macintosh operating system, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, no longer displays the estimated amount of time left, instead showing only the percentage of battery charge remaining …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Dec 2016

Reschedule the holiday party, Patch Tuesday is here and it's a big one

Security patches for Windows, macOS, iOS and other Apple firmware, and a host of Adobe products, were emitted this week. The final scheduled patch dump of the year sees Microsoft deliver fixes for multiple products, while Apple has security updates for iOS, macOS, Safari, and iTunes, and Adobe patches nine products including …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Dec 2016

Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

Special report A looming set of changes to the macOS has some administrators worried that the way they manage and configure Apple systems will need switching up. Those changes, which have only been partly revealed by Apple, will see a new file system implemented in the OS and, in the process, a lockdown of key components of the operating …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2016
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How Google's Project Zero made Apple refactor its kernel

When Apple shipped its security bug-fixes earlier this week, one patch mostly passed under the radar. Ian Beer of Google Project Zero, who found a deep-down vulnerability in the XNU kernel, first reported it to Apple in February this year, and it took until now to clean it up properly. It took eight months, apparently, …
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Disaster in Cupertino: Apple only made US$9bn last quarter

Apple once again saw revenues drop, as 45.5 million iPhone 7 sales were not enough to boost its fourth-quarter earnings. CEO Tim Cook talked up the particularly strong performance of Apple's internet services while glossing over another quarter of falling revenues. "Our strong September quarter results cap a very successful …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2016
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Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes

Apple has stashed what looks like a photo of its new MacBook Pro – due to be announced this week – in the very latest macOS Sierra update. Reg reader Richard Tobin tipped us off to the image's location; the file shows a person scanning their fingerprint for a Touch ID check with Apple Pay open, suggesting the print is used to …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2016
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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

Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Ooh, I’m so hot! And I’m getting even hotter for you, big boy!” This is totally unexpected. I don’t know what to say. “Do nothing, baby. Just listen to the rush!” I wondered what the noise was. I thought I was going deaf. “Not at all! Now just sit back and contemplate what’s going on in your lap.” As if I could …
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Oct 2016
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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

Apple is taking a page from Microsoft's Windows 10 playbook and will push out its latest macOS (ex-OS X) update as an automatic download. The Cupertino maker of the Performa 275 has confirmed to El Reg that later this week it will begin to push macOS Sierra to Mac owners who have the "automatic update" function enabled on …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Oct 2016

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