Archives For software updates
Seems like we ain’t safe anymore.
bq. A recent version of malicious software called Flashback exploits a security flaw in Java in order to install itself on Macs.
Apple released a “support article”:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5244?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US updating on what they plan to do to counter the threat of this new malware.
To know more about this malware and what you can do to prevent it, do go through this “article”:http://www.macworld.com/article/1166254/what_you_need_to_know_about_the_flashback_trojan.html posted at Macworld.
bq. Flashback is the first widespread drive-by malware to attack Macs. This is one of the most pernicious attack techniques, which has long troubled Windows users, and it does represent a major advance…Because it can infect a vulnerable computer without user interaction, Flashback is far more serious. As we’ve seen in the Windows world, this is an extremely effective technique.
To find out whether you’re one of the unlucky ones to be infected, read the steps at “F-Secure”:http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/trojan-downloader_osx_flashback_i.shtml on what you can do to detect and remove it. They also created a “free too”:http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002346.html to help detect and remove it if you are not familiar with the Terminal.app.
One of the way of preventing future attacks by such Malware is to Disable the use of Java on Safari and other browser. However, as our Government’s e-Services rely heavily on the use of SingPass to login, which uses Java, to disable it will be a pain if you have to use their services.
That said, one of the best advice to prevent such things is to constantly update your OS. Apple puts up “Security Updates”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/ to patch up any vulnerabilities in the OS frequently.
As iOS devices and Macs gets more popular, the good ol’ days where we laugh at our friends who are on the Windows platform about how vulnerable their systems are, are over. But if you follow some common good practices like updating your OS, not visiting questionable sites and downloading and running apps from non-trustworthy sites, you can be assure of a clean bill of health for your Macs.
Apple released a bunch of software updates over the past week, focusing on fixes and compatibility issues, especially with the iLife software suite.
Here are the whole list:
“iLife Support 9.0.3″:http://support.apple.com/downloads/iLife_Support_9_0_3 – “direct download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL842/en_US/iLifeSupport903.dmg
iLife Support provides system software resources that are shared by iLife and other applications. This update addresses general compatibility issues, improves overall stability for the Media Browser, and fixes a number of other minor issues. The issues addressed include:
** Resolved memory leaks for improved performance of the Media Browser
** Corrected issues to display custom folders when added to the Media Browser
** Maintained correct image dates when importing from iPhoto to Aperture
“iMovie Update 8.0.3″:http://support.apple.com/downloads/iMovie_8_0_3 – “direct download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL844/en_US/iMovie803.dmg
This update addresses general compatibility issues, improved overall stability and fixes a number of other minor issues. The issues addressed include:
** Support for 720p AVCHD Lite cameras and camcorders
** Deleting a beat marker no longer modifies the project duration
** Video Effects palette now uses the correct thumbnail for still images
“iPhoto Update 8.0.3″:http://support.apple.com/downloads/iPhoto_8_0_3_Update – “direct download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL841/en_US/iPhoto803.dmg
This update addresses general compatibility, improves overall stability and fixes a number of issues in the following areas of the application:
** Publishing to MobileMe, Facebook, and Flickr
** Slideshow playback
** Location (GPS) info embedded in emailed photos and exported JPEGs
“iDVD Update 7.0.4″:http://support.apple.com/downloads/iDVD_7_0_4 – “direct download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL843/en_US/iDVD704.dmg
This update addresses general compatibility issues and fixes an issue where iDVD is unable to add title/comment to an image in the image details list. This update is recommended for all users of iDVD version 7.
“Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.6″:http://support.apple.com/downloads/Digital_Camera_RAW_Compatibility_Update_2_6 – “direct download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL845/en_US/RAWCameraUpdate.dmg
This update extends RAW image compatibility for Aperture 2, iPhoto ’08, and iPhoto ’09 for the following cameras:
** Canon EOS 500D, Canon Rebel T1i, Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3
** Nikon D5000
** Olympus E-30
“AirPort Utility 5.4.2 for Mac”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/AirPort_Utility_5_4_2_for_Mac – “direct download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL839/en_US/AirPortUtility.dmg
This update includes general fixes and compatibility updates for the following applications: AirPort Utility and AirPort Base Station Agent. The update also installs AirPort Disk Utility on Macs running Tiger.
“QuickTime 7.6.2 for Mac”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/QuickTime_7_6_2_for_Mac – “direct download”:http://apple.com/quicktime/download
QuickTime 7.6.2 includes changes that increase reliability, improve compatibility and enhance security
“GarageBand 5.0.2″:http://support.apple.com/downloads/GarageBand_5_0_2 – “direct download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL836/en_US/GarageBand502.dmg
This update addresses general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and fixes a number of other minor issues.
“iTunes 8.2″:http://support.apple.com/downloads/iTunes_8_2_for_Mac – “direct download”:http://apple.com/itunes/download
iTunes 8.2 now supports iPhone or iPod touch with the iPhone 3.0 Software Update. iTunes 8.2 also includes many accessibility improvements and bug fixes.
Did it help fix any issue for you? Let us know
Together with the updates to the “Mac hardwares”:http://iheartapple.org/2009/03/updates-for-new-mac-desktops-and-more/, there was a bunch of software updates for both your Mac hardwares and softwares. Here are the whole lot:
- Time Capsule and AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.4.1 – “How to download”:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1218 / “About this update”:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3466
- AirPort Utility 5.4.1 – “Direct Download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL793/AirPortUtility.dmg / “About this update”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/AirPort_Utility_5_4_1
- AirPort Client Update 2009-001 – “Direct Download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL792/AirPortClientUpdate2009001.dmg / “About this update”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/AirPort_Client_Update_2009_001
- iLife Support 9.0.1 – “Direct Download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL791/iLifeSupport9.dmg/ “About this update”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/iLife_Support_9_0_1
- iPhoto 8.0.1 Update – “Direct Download”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/DL790/iPhoto_801.dmg / “About this update”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/iPhoto_8_0_1_Update
As usual, you can check for Software Updates via the Apple menu on the top left of your screen or grab the downloads from “Apple Support”:http://support.apple.com/downloads/ page.
Microsoft released updates for both “Office 2008″:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AB31A564-43D2-45BD-98BF-19E9CA477B62&displaylang=en and ” Office 2004″:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=ECA13AD8-62AE-41A8-B308-41E2D1773820&displaylang=en recently. Both updates improves stability, security, compatibility and performances. Usually updates are good things, so go burn some bandwidth and update your Office.
Wired’s Charlie Sorrel wrote a Mythbuster-like article on why “Apple will not sell $100 iPhones, NetBook or Tablets”:http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/12/why-apple-wont.html. We can always wish for cheaper iPhones or for many, a Tablet, but he has his points on why those won’t happen.
bq.. Myth: According to the entire internet, Apple will, just after Christmas, sell a 4GB, $100 iPhone through Walmart. The usual excuse is made: Apple needs to sell cheaper hardware in “these troubled times.”
Look at it this way: Apple’s PC market share continues to grow. The iPhone seems unstoppable. The new “expensive” unibody MacBooks are doing just fine. Why on earth would Apple undercut its own successful iPhone line with a cheap version? If it can sell as many $200 or even $300 iPhones as it likes, why sell a $100 one?
The 4GB part of this rumor irks, also. Name one other product line from Apple which has seen a memory decrease. You can’t. The fact that Apple already discontinued the 4GB iPhone because the sales were slow compared to the 8GB model should tell us something. Yes, there might be a 4GB, $100 iPhone. It will be announced at the exact same time as a 5GB, HDD iPod. With a physical clickwheel.
p. Read on at “Wired Blog”:http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/12/why-apple-wont.html on the rest of the myth busting, and continue dreaming.
Lastly, a MTV shot completely on a jailbreaked iPhone called Newteknowledge by GOSHone. It would be even triply-awesome if it was edited on the iPhone…but in the mean time, enjoy.